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Today, we're welcoming a blog tour featuring a title that sets itself primly in the Fiction category but might be passable as Young Adult Fiction as well. Curious? You should be as it sounds like a great way to shake off the cold winter chills and step into some lighter springy reads...but you don't have to simply take my word for it, check it out for yourself...
Defamed, disgraced and displaced...Fresh from a career-killing scandal, New York fashion girl, Maya Kirkwood, arrives in San Francisco to reinvent herself as a fine artist. She's offered the opportunity to create an installation at the Silicon Valley headquarters of a hot new tech company. Fabulous, right?Not so much.She can't stand Derek Whitley - wunderkind software genius and CEO of the company. Hot as he may be on the outside, inside the man is a cold, unemotional, robotic type. Way too left-brained for her right-brained self.As Maya and Derek get to know each other, however, their facades begin to crack. She catches her first glimpse of the man behind the superhuman tech prodigy, and he starts to see her as the woman she used to be. But is this a good thing? Once that last secret is revealed, will it bring them closer together or will it tear them apart?
Agree with my "first thoughts" or care to give it another go? Do tell, do tell!
As for me, this book is in my reading rotation for a little later this Spring so my FINAL thoughts will have to wait until then, bummer....BUT in the mean time, let's learn a little more about the author, shall we?
About the author...
Born and raised in the Midwest, Libby Mercer’s adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she’s since lived in Boston, NYC and London. San Francisco is the city she currently calls home. For several years, Libby worked in fashion – first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper. She also dabbled in design for a while. Even through the crazy fashion years, Libby never let go of her dream of being a published author, and has since developed her signature writing style, crafting quirky chick lit/romance hybrids. 'Fashioning a Romance' was her first published novel, and 'Unmasking Maya' will be her second. Libby has a third novel, 'The Karmic Connection', scheduled for release in 2013.
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Oooh....so there's other titles to check out from this author already and still MORE on the horizon; dual-ly noted. ^_^
As you read in her brief bio, she's been a "Jackie" of many trades but her dream of being a published author never diminished, never dimmed and apparently never led her astray...but where did that dream come from? Well, though not 100% confirmed (until you read further along...^_^), more often than not an interest in WRITING is sparked by an interest in READING and with the number of favorites this author racked up from childhood, I'd say it's a pretty safe assumption here. With that thought in mind and in the interest of getting to know the creative mind behind this work a little better, I present to you a special GUEST POST from the author herself all about her top picks in the land of children's reading. Take it away Ms. Mercer!
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GUEST POST: Author Libby Mercer
'My Top Ten Picks: Children's Picture Books"
I’m sure it will come as no surprise that I’ve been an avid bookworm all my life. Some of my earliest memories are of sitting next to my mom while she read to me. Here’s my list of Top Ten Timeless Picture Books:
1. Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Best Bedtime Story Ever! The combination of the soft, rhythmic words and the slowly darkening pictures can lull the most hyperactive child into dream world. “Goodnight moon, goodnight air. Goodnight noises everywhere.” I’m getting sleepy just thinking about it!
2. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This enchanting little book is all about unleashing your imagination and dreaming big. If any of you out there haven’t read it, it’s about a clever little boy who creates an entire world of filled with beauty and adventure using nothing but his purple crayon.
3. Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel
The Frog and Toad books were clearly written to teach young children about the importance of friendship as the two characters help each other out with various dilemmas, console each other and have fun together. So sweet!
4. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans
Feisty, fearless Madeline is a riot. She bravely faces not just the tiger in the zoo, but also the doctor at the hospital. Another book about friendship and caring, Miss Clavel and the other little girls rally around Madeline when she’s ill, demonstrating how much they care about her.
5. Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
Although I mostly remember it as a pretty picture book, there’s an important theme here about family and happiness. Sylvester the donkey thinks all his wishes will come true when he finds the magic pebble, but in the end he comes to realize he already had everything he could want – love and family.
6. Ann Likes Red by Dorothy Z. Seymour
I’m not quite sure why I loved this book so much. It’s about a little girl who is always being persuaded to try different colored clothes (a blue dress, a brown hat, etc.) but she refuses to wear anything that’s not red. Red Red Red! She’s kind of a brat, but in a way, you have to admire her conviction.
So simple, and yet so layered, this book beautifully captures the wonder of the season’s first snowfall from the eyes of a child. Little Peter ventures out into the snowy city to explore and experience everything. Published in 1976, it was the first picture book with an African American child as the main character.
8. The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
So heart warming, this one is. It’s about a young bunny who comes up with all sorts of inventive ways he could run away and his mama counters with equally inventive ways she’d find him. Cynics say it’s a creepy tale about an overbearing mother, but I think it’s about a mother’s ever-reaching love.
9. Prince Bertram the Bad by Arnold Lobel
Like a classic fairy tale, this one doesn’t sugar coat a thing. Prince Bertram is a nasty little child, and his actions have consequences. I’m not exactly sure why I remember this book so well. Perhaps it brought out the little sadist in me as I revelled in the nasty prince getting his comeuppance.
10. Shaggy Fur Face by Robert Kraus
This is my all-time number one favorite picture book ever! It’s the sweetest story about a dog called Shaggy Fur Face who’s dearly devoted to his family and will do anything for them. Sadly, there are very few copies out there in circulation. My mom (who loves this book even more than I do) found a copy on the Internet a few years ago, ensuring that Shaggy will always have a place in our family.
And there you have it. My Top Ten pick for children’s picture books. Thanks for reading!
Now THAT'S a list I can live with.
Of those listed, I've cracked the spine on FOUR, but that will be corrected soon because a few of them have caught my eye; how about you? How many listed have you read? How many have you heard of? What additions to the list would YOU make? The comments are open, let your voice me heard!
Special thanks to author Libby Mercer for the chance to host a spot on this tour. (THANKS!) For more information on this title as well as her current and future works, be sure to stop by her blog, read all about them on GoodReads, like her on Facebook, or follow along on Twitter. This ebook is available now; grab your copy today over on Amazon (US or UK).
Until next time...happy reading!