Sunday, July 23, 2017

CelebrateLit Tour: Review: Crazy About Alaska by Shannon L Brown

Holly has her eye on a handsome state trooper. Not on her boring, oh-so-serious, former professor, Adam.
Having her toes curl when she’s near Adam must be ignored.
Holly just wants a great dad for her twin girls. She’s going to find one, write a novel to fulfill her dreams, and create a happy life.
Falling in love isn’t part of her plan.



4 Stars for this book!

1: If you've been here before, you're probably wondering if I made up the title of this book. No, I didn't, but yes, that title did force me to sign up. I tried not to, I was afraid I was signing up for too many, but I couldn't resist this one. Alaska for the win, am I right? (Yes, I'm right.)

2: You know I have a major weakness for kids in books, but twins........ almost as irresistible as Alaska. If you love to have kids in the books you read... well, keep reading, cause I will link the amazon page for this book near the end of the post.

3: Sweet. Romance. How much cuter could they be? Not any, in my opinion. Seriously, I think I'm adding them to my power-couple list. Also, I'm probably going to have to go back and read the other books in this series. Actually, I need a word a little bit stronger than probably. 

4: Jemma and Bree, and the parents.... the matchmakers... they were hilarious, and so sweet. Also, I did find the sarcasm. Sarcasm appeals to me, because I'm sometimes annoyingly sarcastic.

5: Be forewarned: You will crave pie when you are finished with this (AWESOME) book!

I received this book for free through the CelebrateLit blogging program.



About the Author

ShannonLBrownWriting books that are fun and touch your heart
Even though Shannon L. Brown always loved to read, she didn’t plan to be a writer. She earned two degrees from the University of Alaska, one in journalism/public communications, but didn’t become a journalist.
Years passed. Shannon felt pulled into a writing life, testing her wings with a novel and moving on to articles. Shannon is now an award-winning journalist who has sold hundreds of articles to local, national, and regional publications.
Shannon was born and raised in Alaska so she enjoyed writing the books in the Alaska Dream Romance series. “The Feather Chase” was her first published book and began the Crime-Solving Cousins Mystery series. The eight-to-twelve-year-olds in your life will enjoy this contemporary twist on a Nancy Drew-type mystery.
Shannon lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her professor husband and adorable calico cat.



Guest Post from Shannon Brown

Open Doors
When a character opens the door and steps from her world into mine, writing about her is easier. Holly Harris in Crazy About Alaska is a real estate agent, and I was once one. I’ve driven clients around and shown them houses only to have them go a different direction. My husband and I bought a new house a few years ago, so I have tales to tell from that experience too. (Readers may think the purple shower is made up. Think again.) I chose to bring a college professor into her life as a love interest. I’m married to one.
Some of myself always finds its way into a story. Sometimes, it’s just something I might like to do. Holly’s sister Jemma rehabs furniture in Falling for Alaska, book one in the series. The idea for her business came while I was watching HGTV’s Flea Market Flip. Taking trash and making it beautiful sounds like something I’d like to try. Jemma also dislikes coffee and drinks tea. (Here I am again.) But she is not exactly me. She’s cooking challenged, and I’m a good cook.
Does the story become about the author when she inserts herself into it? Reality is only a fun fraction of the book. Holly has two men vying for her affections. That never happened. (It might have been fun if it had!) She also has five-year-old twins. I never experienced that.
By far the most challenging of the sisters in the series was Bree in book two, Loving Alaska. She’s a doctor, and my knowledge of the medical profession comes from sitting on the exam table, not from doing the exam. I spoke with doctors I knew and brought her to life. But Bree isn’t all made up either. She despises being in nature, especially camping. I’ve camped on a frozen river, beside a lake after canoeing or boating in, and many more places, but I’m with Bree and hotels are greatly preferred. There I am in the story again.
Reading the books I’ve written helps you know who I am. I’m a woman with a big imagination who enjoys bringing stories to life. Oh, and that slightly sarcastic sense of humor you may notice with Jemma and Holly? That might be from me as well.




Want to read more?

Blog Stops

July 22: Just Commonly
(You are here~) July 23: Live.Love.Read.
July 24: Carpe Diem
July 24: autism mom
July 25: Baker Kella
July 26: A Rup Life
July 27: Quiet Quilter
July 28: Pause for Tales
July 29: Remembrancy


And of course, an incredible giveaway!

Giveaway

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To celebrate this tour, Shannon Brown is giving away a grand prize of a book lovers gift basket – a basket filled with book-related things!! Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/bb35



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    1. Thank you! I find it's usually the best way to organize my thoughts, although it doesn't always work that way.

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