Author Signing & Holiday Open House

Stop by at The Storyteller’s Cottage today, 12/8/18 between noon and 4 pm to find a wide range of books by local authors & other fun gifts for the book-lovers on your holiday list!

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Meet over a dozen local authors in person, and purchase signed copies of their books. Check out our array of book-themed t-shirts, desk accessories, and jewelry.

Get a copy of Twelve Months of Awkward Moments, Carnival of Nightmares, and other works signed as personalized gifts.

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The Storyteller’s Cottage/Steampunk Library750 Hopmeadow St, Simsbury, CT 06070.

The Kiss Quotient

36577586I enjoyed the premise of the book and the interesting, off-beat characters, especially the fact that Stella has Asperger’s. “The Kiss Quotient” turned out to be a fast-paced, fun read. I loved the characters and their families, but the romance was rushed and a little over the top (Wow! Some of the scenes). It also felt like insta-love for Stella, the main character. I wanted the author to slow down and further develop/clarify Stella and Michael’s backgrounds, relationships, and interactions with family, friends and people around them. Since Stella is on the spectrum, it would have been interesting to see her interact more with her family, to learn her background, and to get a better understanding of her work life other than just her interaction with Philip who comes across as either a compete jerk or very much like Stella in the fact that he is too honest and doesn’t understand social conventions. Overall, I was way more interested in their time spent outside the bedroom than inside. If you are interested in a fun, sexy, stalkerish read about another awkward character, check out “Twelve Months of Awkward Moments. where Dani can’t wait for senior year at college. Vowing this year will be different, she plans to control her anxiety and move beyond her comfort zone, but that’s not easy. “Dani’s wild roommate and handsome best friend hate each other; her crazy family won’t leave her alone; and a new job forces her to be social. Unfortunately, when college romance finally calls, Dani is unable to answer thanks to a stalker who has her all tied up.” Available on Amazon at amzn.to/2I6SMFj

Coming Clean Book Review

I had a really hard time deciding how to rate this book. There are things I absolutely loved and things I really didn’t. It has been a long time since I’ve felt so polarized about a book.

16218778I loved Miller’s personal story, especially when she was young. Having grown up with anxiety, a dysfunctional family with grandparents who were hoarders, and a father with Schizophrenia, I related to the author and her plight. I know what it means to try to help family members over and over again just to see them fall back into dysfunction and mental illness. I also get why people need to walk away. Some of her descriptions are so vivid, the reader is put right in the middle of her mess. When she talks about rats in her room and how they gave her dog away to avoid people coming over the house, I was equally as scared, appalled, and emotionally wrecked as she must have been living through it.

On the other hand, I thought the storytelling uneven. It took a while for me to really invest in the book and then by the end, after her mother is in the hospital, I thought the book turned repetitive. How many ways can the author describe cleaning up her parent’s house or apartment? There were moments of complete shock as well. At one point, her benevolent, happy father hits her in the face when a friend is visiting. The scene came off as a little too contrived. There was little leading up to this drastic change in her father’s character. He’d been in an accident and depressed, but before and after this incidence, violence by her father is never mentioned.

1I liked this book. At times I liked it a lot, but the uneven narration and repetition left me unsure of how to ultimately rate it. It is worth your time, both for the story and the insight into children living with parents suffering from mental illness. Grab a copy.

If you liked Coming Clean, check out my story, Twelve Months of Awkward Moments. While fictionalized, it is based on my experiences with anxiety and family mental illness. “Dani can’t wait for senior year at college. A straight-A scholar whose anxiety is a daily struggle, being awkward, introverted, and studious has become a way of life. She vows this year will be different. It’s time to move beyond her comfort zone, but that’s not easy. Dani’s wild roommate and handsome best friend hate each other; her crazy family won’t leave her alone; and a new job forces her to be social. Unfortunately, when college romance finally calls, Dani is unable to answer thanks to a stalker who has her all tied up.” amzn.to/2I6SMFj

Blog Tour & Review: Twelve Months of Awkward Moments

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1Dani can’t wait for senior year at college. A straight-A
scholar whose anxiety is a daily struggle, being awkward, introverted, and studious has
become a way of life. She vows this year will be different. It’s time to move beyond her
comfort zone, but that’s not easy.

Dani’s wild roommate and handsome best friend hate each other; her crazy family
won’t leave her alone; and a new job forces her to be social. Unfortunately, when
college romance finally calls, Dani is unable to answer thanks to a stalker who has her
all tied up.

Can she stay alive long enough to find love and graduate?

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