But on a trip back home to South Carolina, she finds herself in the middle of a family crisis, which she’s determined to fix. However, the affections of a handsome, younger man creates havoc in her personal life. With her marriage in serious trouble back in California, Laney is faced with losing it all but maybe that’s the only way for her to find true happiness.
Laney lives in L.A. with her husband, Thomas, a has-been director, who is more than ten years older than her. Laney's sisters, Missy and Bridgett, live in the same South Carolina town as their mother, Sophie, and stepdad, Charles. Thomas recently had live-saving surgery and is CRANKY so it's a nice break for Laney to go home and spend time with her family.
There is lots of family drama at home. Missy's husband is having affairs and she keeps forgiving him. Bridgett just left her 20 year marriage for someone else and no one approves. Sophie, in apparent true Southern style, believes emotions should be hidden and it's all about appearance.
While at a bar one night, Laney meets Matt, a bartender. Though she is older than him, they have a connection right away. But she doesn't act on it because she's married and in love with her husband. He's a nice fella and is happy to be her friend.
Laney is a successful clothing designer and business woman. Celebrities stop her on the street and maitre d's at trendy restaurants in L.A. know her by name. She was likeable and obviously cares about her family. My issue with her is that she is a bit weak and lacked confidence. Thomas is a major A-hole. He keeps doing nasty hurtful things but she keeps finding excuses and giving him the benefit of the doubt. I would have kicked him to the curb if he'd treated me like crap when I was taking care of him after his surgery. Then his actions just kept getting worse. I wished she had been tougher and stronger.
I liked the writing style and enjoyed the story. It's not your typical fluffy chick lit, though. There is fun and female bonding but there is a bit of an edge too. At times, the language is mature (but I was okay with that). I'll keep an eye out for other books by this author.
The author stopped by to guest blog ...
Writing Sparkelicious was Music to my Ears.
If it wasn’t for music, I wouldn’t have written Sparkelicious. For me, it’s been a natural progression; performing on the stage to performing on the page. When I was five years old, I was singing in talent competitions with my sisters in South Carolina and even wrote my first song soon after. I continued to perform in pageants, always choosing singing for the talent portion of the competition. After college graduation, I penned several more original pop songs, moved to L.A. and landed a summer gig with a band in Japan.
After Japan, I formed my own band and started writing country-pop songs. I performed at all sorts of clubs in Los Angeles. It was a lot of fun but my music took a more serious turn when I moved to Nashville to pursue a record deal. I played showcases to record label executives and worked with some of the best musicians in the business. In 1999, I recorded an album on Empire Records and wrote several songs on my debut CD. Lyrics became increasingly important to me to the point where my songwriting evolved into writing short stories and then to where I am today writing novels.
Libby has been a national on-air television personality for over 15 years with appearances on ShopNBC, Shop-At-Home and The Food Network. She was the youngest ever nominee for the prestigious position of Poet Laureate of South Carolina following the release of her poetry book A Winning Heart. Libby is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and was a contestant in the Miss America and Miss USA programs. Her latest book is the contemporary romance, Sparkelicious.
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- Monday, October 1 - Interview at Between the Covers and book giveaway at Goodreads
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- Wednesday, October 3 - Interview at Blogcritics
- Thursday, October 4 - Interview LIVE on A Book and a Chat and guest blogging and book giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook
- Friday, October 5 - Book review at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews
- Monday, October 8 - Guest blogging at The Paperback Pursuer
- Tuesday, October 9 - Interview at Examiner
- Wednesday, October 10 - Interview at The Writer’s Life
- Thursday, October 11 - Interview at Literarily Speaking
- Friday, October 12 - Book review at Every Day Is An Adventure
- Monday, October 15 - Book review and book giveaway at Kaisy Daisy Corners
- Tuesday, October 16 - Book review and guest blogging at Waiting on Sunday to Drown
- Wednesday, October 17 - Interview at Review From Here
- Thursday, October 18 - Guest blogging at Hollywood Daze
- Friday, October 19 - Book review and guest blogging at Jersey Girl Book Reviews
- Monday, October 22 - Interview at Books Books the Magical Fruit
- Tuesday, October 23 - Character interview at Beyond the Books
- Wednesday, October 24 - Book review and guest blogging at Teena in Toronto
- Thursday, October 25 - Interview at Debra’s Book Cafe
- Friday, October 26 - Book review at Mary’s Cup of Tea