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Powerballs Be careful what you wish for by Jimmy Clifton is a story about a middle-aged couple who unexpectedly wins the lottery and find themselves in a very different world, offering them a life vastly different from their challenging careers and financial struggles. Henry Ball, an accountant in a progressive firm, fantasizes about living a more exciting life, fantasies about his younger female coworkers and greater recognition at work. Likewise, Henry’s wife, Rose Ball, dreams of a luxury lifestyle that she sees her friend enjoy.

As the couple dreams about their ultimate life, they suddenly realize their most fantastic fantasy, winning the Powerball lottery. Quickly though, they learn how this transformation will create a new set of challenges for each of them. Things are not what they seem as they dive into this extravagant world. This growing tension and realization of their newfound financial freedom becomes a journey that leads them on separate paths. The couple’s new adventures lead to many exciting and humorous encounters that give them a changed perspective on life, but not without a few shocking lessons and opportunities.

Readers will enjoy this light and funny read that details the struggles of a couple’s journey from mediocracy to luxury and how they trade one set of tension and challenges for another, with higher risks and experiences. The author narrates a well-paced, lively tale that creates a sense of hope and adventure for a couple struggling with mid-life identity and goals while transitioning into the extravagant world of billionaires and how they transform into this world of privilege.

Powerballs Be careful what you wish for is a riveting, enjoyable read that’s quickly absorbed. It’s a fun page-turner that readers will find entertaining and witty, with brilliant character development, lots of action, and a well-structured story filled with drama. Readers looking for travel fiction or contemporary American fiction will enjoy this humorous, fast-paced read.

Pages: 250 | ASIN : B094DTBRPX

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Tales of the Elder Statesman

Tales of the Elder Statesman by Edward Faith is a series of short stories involving the Elder Statesman character, although not necessarily from his point of view. All the tales are set in the fictional town of Rough Edge, Alabama. They feature an interesting cast of characters, including the Elder Statesman’s wife, Lillian, and a host of their friends, acquaintances, and co-workers. The highly original short stories are all no more than two or three pages each. The tales are concise and typically do not follow the format of having a beginning, middle, and end. Rather than stories, they are brief snapshots of life in rural Alabama.

The structure makes more sense when reading about Faith’s intention with this book to record the funny stories he collected from several old gentlemen of his youth. The tales are amusing, and readers will especially find the story of Mrs. Swaf to be the most entertaining. It is about a woman called Nancy who frequented a fabric shop in a nearby town. The shop had many features to recommend, including a warm and helpful shop owner, Mrs. Swaf, whose name was above the door. However, after many visits over the years, Nancy is finally informed that the owner’s name is not Swaf; in fact, the SWAF at the front of the shop is an acronym for ‘Southwest Alabama Fabrics.’ This story is hilarious in the telling, and the author portrays his sense of humor in his writing. However, the author does have an amusing turn of phrase from time to time, such as “a managerial group severely infected with inflamed bottom line mesmerism.”

Tales of the Elder Stateman are entertaining and a quick read. This fictional collection of humorous short stories will delight readers of all kinds looking for humor in their life.

Pages: 161 | ASIN : B08ZRYK7PH

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The Importance of Being Earnest Enough

Paying homage to Oscar Wilde, Tom Beattie has written a one act play, The Importance of Being Ernest Enough. Fans of Oscar Wilde’s original will be won over with this modern-day rendition. In this clever tribute to Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, Beattie re-imagines the 19th century upper-class social sphere of Algernon Moncrieff and Jack Worthing and the women they are intended to marry. But there’s more than one twist in this tale; this caricature of upper-crust Britishness is set in the US and the characters have mobile phones, Facebook and instant access to rampant gossip. What’s more, all the main characters are gay with no intention of marrying their opposite sex intendeds.

Tom Beattie’s extraordinary and comical production will have readers entertained with scenes that have humor permeating every aspect of the production from dialogue to stage directions. The dialogue is confident and quick-witted with a dizzyingly fast pace. The puns and double-entendres are smart and hilarious, worthy of Wilde himself. This original work is unpredictable and rich with plot twists as the characters are rousing and imaginative. The stage direction notes give readers the chance to visualize how this production would look being performed by a full cast.

This play came with a bonus short scene in which the author is trying to teach his husband, David, how to meditate. Readers will laugh at the antics and back and forth banter between the two. It’s entertaining and amusing with Wildean nods to the political environment and the inevitability of aging.

The Importance of Being Ernest Enough is a fresh take on the classic by Oscar Wilde. Beattie’s version is modern, smart, engaging and hilarious and well worth a read. Those that have a passion for stage production or classics like Oscar Wilde will find something to laugh about and love in this play.

Pages: 121 | ASIN : B09LD1WRM9

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Holy Fruit Toots Rosie!

Holy Fruit Toots Rosie! is about a curious dog named Rosie that loves to try new foods, especially foods that are not her dog food. Unfortunately for Rosie, she learns the hard way that she has an allergy to Fruity Toot cereal. The house is soon filled with the smell of fruit toot toots every time Rosie sneezes. After a call to the vet the family learns what to do and spends the day helping Rosie with her fruity toot tooting issue.

Dogs provide families with love, affection, entertainment, and sometimes worries. Thankfully in this picture book written by Christine Logan, Rosie had a mild reaction to eating something she was not supposed to have. Humor permeates this fun story as even the cat is upset by the smell coming from poor Rosie. Children will love the ridiculous images that accompany the hilarious narrative of Rosie passing gas with every activity she does. Children will be laughing all the way through this entertaining story.

Logan does a great job explaining the serious nature of allergies in animals and what to do for them, while infusing humor into the information. At the end of the story the author includes a pictorial checklist of what is safe and not safe for dogs to eat, play with, and what their poop should look like if healthy. Also included is a list of things to look for if you think your pet is sick and a reminder to call the vet if you think they are.

This comical picture book is brought to life through the fantastic illustrations of Gayatri Ray. Their rendition of the fruity toot toots will have readers doing a double take and then laughing at the fruit rings flying out of Rosie. The artwork makes this picture book come to life while allowing Logan to pass on a serious message about pet care.

Holy Fruit Toots Rosie! is an extraordinary and lighthearted picture book that children and toddlers will find entertaining and unforgettable. The important information on taking care of animals that is included is presented in an effective matter that will be remembered by children and adults.

Pages: 38 | ASIN : B09HW541G6

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It No Longer Surprised Me

G. Head
D.C. Head Author Interview

The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots shares common driving offenses with humorous terms and phrases describing bad driving habits. What inspired you to write this book?

My inspiration to write this book stemmed from my own personal experiences on the roadways and highways, having seen and experienced every single offense and type of driver that I mention in the book. When you’re in the center of it all, you get to see all kinds of crazy road blunders and highway flubs. So, why not write about it?

What is a common bad driving habit you run into on your commutes?

One of the most common are the cut-offs. There’s always that cidiot who thinks it’s smart to cut you off so they can make a turn or exit. They are known as the Bully-Turn Bandit and the Boomerang. I see this on a daily basis, until it no longer surprises me.

What is a piece of advice you would give to a new driver?

The best advice I can give any new driver is to brace themselves and beware. It’s important that they master having eyes not only for themselves on the road, but for the cidiots that they will encounter on a daily basis. If they understand and know what to look for, they may be better able to avoid having an accident. However, no driving scenario will ever prepare a person to be perfect and 100% accident-free on the road, but it could lessen the chances of a person either causing an accident or becoming a victim of an accident.

Do you plan to write other books with the same humorous perspective?

I am currently working on another humor book. So stay tuned.

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Filled with hundreds of common driving offenses, this gut-wrenching funny handbook features hilariously, jaw dropping terms and phrases describing some of the nastiest driving habits you or another cidiot have engaged in almost every day on the highways and byways. Inside, you’ll find “The Motor Mouth Motorist” who suffers from road rage, “The Para Lane Bluffer” who can’t decide if they want to merge with oncoming traffic until the last second, “The Eye Shadow Bandit” who thinks she’s skilled enough to drive at high speeds while applying makeup in the car mirror, and many more epic adventures of daily cidiot driving habits that are far too many to list here. Whether you’re the culprit or the victim of cidiot driving, The Little Handbook for Navigationally Challenged Cidiots will have you laughing, pouring tears, and showing off your enriched cidiot vocabulary.

Life Gets Tough and Wild

Miranda Oh Author Interview

Miranda Oh Author Interview

Remember, No Matter What is an fun and emotional story about life, love and the struggle for both. How did you come up with the idea behind this story?

Life is the entire idea behind the story. Life gets tough and wild, we have a choice as to how to deal with it. Chin Up Tits Out is a positive little self-reminder to always choose to stand tall and proud.

Hadley is a charming and interesting character. What were some sources of inspiration that shaped her character?

Hadley is the more refined and tailored version of me. They said write what you know, and during this series I had an opportunity to dive deep into me, myself and I. With this project I explored characteristics I liked about myself and ones I wasn’t so fond of.

I had a great time reading this novel. What did you enjoy the most about writing this book?

The time I got to share it with the world. Writing is pretty isolating, so when it was finally time to share it and build connections with people through it, was my favorite part of writing this book.

This is book one in your Chin UP, Tits Out series. What can readers expect in book two?

Hadley and her partner from South Africa assume they are about to embark on their happily ever after; that wasn’t the case. You best buckle up and prepare yourself for the wildest of rides. In true chin up tits out fashion we hit tough topics like addiction, mental illness and cancer, but we highlight silver linings, dark humor and find an impossible source of strength to continue to press on.

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Chick lit: Remember, no matter what; Chin UP, Tits Out: A chick lit romantic comedy (Chin UP, Tits Out: A chick lit comedy series) by [Miranda Oh]

18 year old Hadley has led a charmed life, always knowing exactly what she wanted from it. She’d had her life distinctly mapped out in her head for as long as she remembered, but a chance meeting sends her into a tailspin…albeit a sensationally delicious one.

As she travels halfway across the world to fight for what’s hers, she stumbles time after time. It’s a journey of love, tears and learning; as she fights and attempts to overcome multiple hurdles standing in her way.

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Remember, No Matter What; Chin UP, Tits Out

Chick lit: Remember, no matter what; Chin UP, Tits Out: A chick lit romantic comedy (Chin UP, Tits Out: A chick lit comedy series) by [Oh, Miranda]

Remember, No Matter What; Chin UP, Tits Out by Miranda Oh centers around an 18 year-old girl named Hadley Hope McLeary. The story begins with Hadley working at a fair in Winnipeg, Canada. She meets a handsome boy named Riaan who is from Africa. They fall in love but when the fair comes to an end, he has to continue traveling to other fairs until going back to his country. Devastated from being apart, they do their best to have a long distance relationship. They plan to find Riaan a working visa to enter Canada again, but it is a long and difficult task. They do everything they can to be together, but will they manage to get the visa? Can their love withstand the long months apart?

The authors uniquely positive attitude towards life shines through in the tone and style of this fun romance novel. The writing style is absorbing and easy flowing, which for me, is starkly different from many romance novels in the genre. Miranda Oh uses colloquial vocabulary, not the typical punctuated dialogue, that adds depth to both the characters and the story. I felt like this would be a fabulous Rom-Com movie; a feel good roller-coaster of emotion.

The plot is positively campy and the emotion is genuine and deep, but I felt that the the pace was a little fast. Many events happen quickly without giving me a moment to contemplate what just happened or guess what might happen next; but this is a personal preference.

Hadley and Riaan are exceptional and well developed characters, but I felt that I knew a lot about Hadley and not so much about Riaan. Their families come up every now and again but I would have liked more background on their families; mostly because I wanted to see how Miranda Oh’s amusing perspective would have portrayed them.

All in all, this is a very enjoyable romance novel that was difficult to put down. This is a perfect read for the weekend. I look forward to reading the second book in this series. I highly recommend reading this beautiful romance story.

Pages: 77 | ASIN:  B01BQ8RJ9Y

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Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body

Of Sound Mind and Someone Else's Body by [Belle, William Quincy]

Of Sound Mind and Someone Else’s Body is a hilariously imaginative novel about a freaky body swap. It is about Alan Maitland, a successful businessman who has woken up in the body of Hana Toussaint, a sophisticated escort. He slowly connects the dots that connect him to this sticky situation, some of which include a disastrous science experiment and a missing scientist. Along the way he discovers that living as a woman is far from easy, especially in Hana’s profession. However along the way, they develop a bright and playful relationship. They both develop respect and compassion for the life that the other lives, even if it may be on the opposite end of the spectrum.

Although it is reminiscent of the classic Freaky Friday or The Hot Chick body swaps, the story itself does not sound old or unoriginal. I was hooked from the beginning till the end. Often the plausibility of such a premise can be easily undermined, but the author has a knack for portraying recognizable human tics in even the wackiest situations.

William Quincy Belle also makes some intelligent commentary on the ways of today’s world. Gender inequality and class discrimination are addressed in a light hearted but thought provoking manner. I was expecting that the topic of sexuality and gender identity would be explored a little further- especially considering the dilemma that arises from being confusingly attracted to/trapped in an unexpected body. Even if I didn’t necessarily learn anything new, it was still refreshing to encounter a novel that acknowledged the realities of the modern world.  Also the various physical shticks provided on behalf of Alan (walking in stilettos, makeup shenanigans) were endlessly amusing.

I particularly enjoyed reading Hana’s character. She was a playful and charming character but not without intelligence. Any doubts that Alan may have had about the nature of her profession vanished when he realized she was equally matched, if not better than him.

This was a vastly entertaining read and I pretty much zoomed through it. I look forward to exploring more of Belle’s works, especially if they are to include Alan and Hana.

Pages: 155 | ASIN: B01LYWXM4E

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