The World is My Oyster and I Don't Know How to Cook by Christy Potter – Review

CoverAward-winning writer and longtime journalist Christy Potter has released a new book that is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

The book, “The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook,” is available from Amazon for Kindleor in Paperback, on Barnes & Noble for Nook, on iTunes for iPad, and on CreateSpace.com in paperback.

“The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook” is a compilation of essays, interviews and short stories Potter has written over the past several years. After a 23-year career in journalism, Potter said she decided to put some of her favorite pieces into one collection for her readers, as well as for herself.

In her independent review, Lauren Mack, founder and editor of The Well Written Woman, called the book “comfortable.”

“At the core of ‘The World was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook’ is the growth of a writer through patience, understanding the inspiration of others, and taking the chance on a dream she knows can be truth,” Mack said. “By reaching out to people on the street, interviewing authors, and examining her own peculiarities, Christy Potter lends her voice on how to not only be a writer, but to experience life as a writer. Inspiration is all around us.”

Potter said for her, the book is extremely personal.

“I’ve never been anything but a writer,” she said. “And when I started going through my past work to put this collection together, I realized all over again just how much I love what I do.”

A native of the Midwest, Potter started her journalism career in 1989. She moved to New Jersey almost 20 years ago and has worked for a number of newspapers and magazines throughout the area. Five years ago, she started her blog, www.ChristytheWriter.com, which has garnered a loyal following. It features her writing, as well as interviews with well-known writers.

“I call my blog a celebration of inspiration,” Potter said. “The theme is ‘Inspiration is Everywhere,’ and I write about what inspires me, or what others tell me inspires them. It’s about finding beauty and meaning in every moment, including those that may not seem so beautiful.”

Some of the essays are humorous, others poignant.

“I have written about my own life as I approach middle age and still wonder who I am and who I’m going to be, as I wrestle with fertility issues and family drama and just… life,” she said. “I also talk to writers whose work I love. I interviewed Lois Lowry, whose books I grew up on. I talked to P.F. Kluge, who wrote ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘Eddie and the Cruisers.’ I had a defining moment when Janet Evanovich, now a bestselling novelist, told me about the day she took a box full of her rejection slips outside and burned them. Those are the moments I can relate to – that we can all relate to.”

Potter also included some short stories, poems, and a couple of what she calls “language experiments.”

“I love to play with language,” she explained. “I like to push the envelope and take language and writing right to the brink of wrong. For example, I used to make my college professors crazy by sticking sentence fragments in my papers now and then. They’re not proper English, but I’d use them sparingly, for emphasis, and I’d always get away with it. The ability to manipulate language to make it fit what I want to say is one of my favorite things about being a writer.”

Potter’s long career as a journalist taught her not only interview skills, but how to listen and observe and then bring all that together in her writing.

“To me, writing is as much a science as it is an art,” she said. “When I talk to someone – and everyone has a story to tell – I can feel the piece coming together in my head. It’s the same when I’m writing a short story or an essay. The stories tell themselves, really. I’m just the messenger.”

For more information on ordering “The World Was My Oyster but I Didn’t Know How to Cook,” click here. For more of Christy Potter’s work, visit her blog at www.ChristytheWriter.com.

My Review – 

I must admit that I’ve been putting off writing this review. It is a hard book to review. It is personal stories and there are many different types of stories in the book. I thought some of the stories were good, some bored me, and some I didn’t care for. I realize this type of book is very personal in whether you enjoy it or not and I hesitate to tell anyone not to buy a book.

I am going to give this book three stars. It wasn’t for me. If you would like to try the book out, Amazon allows you to download a snippet of books to Kindle. And always remember, everyone’s taste differs and you may actually enjoy this book.

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Lindsay McKenna, author of RUNNING FIRE, on tour April/May 2015

Running Fire by Lindsay McKenna_book coverAbout Running Fire

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HQN Books (April 28, 2015)

He was a haven in the midst of Hell…

Temporarily assigned to the Shadow Squadron in a troubled region of Afghanistan, Chief Warrant Officer and pilot Leah Mackenzie is no stranger to conflict—even if most of her physical and emotional scars are courtesy of her vicious ex. Still, she’s got a bad feeling about picking up a team of stranded SEALs. A feeling that’s all too justified once enemy fire hits their helicopter and all hell breaks loose…

SEAL Kell Ballard’s goal was to get the injured pilot out of harm’s way and find shelter deep in the labyrinth of caves. It’s a place of dark intimacy, where Leah finds unexpected safety in a man’s arms. Where prohibited attraction burns brightly. And where they’ll hide until the time comes to face the enemy outside…and the enemy within their ranks.

Praise for Lindsay McKenna’s work:

  • “Fans of military romance will appreciate.” –Booklist
  • Taking Fire is a pure page-turner.” – RT Book Reviews
  •  “…fast-paced romantic suspense that renders a beautiful love story, start to finish. McKenna’s writing is flawless, and her story line fully absorbing. More, please.” – Library Journal
  • Chosen as a Library Journal Editor Spring Picks 2015
  •  “When it comes to women in combat, McKenna never disappoints. As always, her battlefield action is rapid-fire and relentless. The sounds and imagery seem so real they draw the reader into the crossfire.” –ReaderToReader.com

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Lindsay McKennaAbout Lindsay McKenna

A U.S. Navy veteran, she was a meteorologist while serving her country. She pioneered the military romance in 1993 with Captive of Fate, Silhouette Special edition.  Her heart and focus is on honoring and showing our military men and women.  Creator of the Wyoming Series and Shadow Warriors series for HQN, she writes emotionally and romantically intense suspense stories.

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My Review –

Running Fire was an amazing read. The writing was superb. The action keeps you on the edge of your seat. The romance leaves you swooning.

I truly don’t know what else to say about the book. It was a perfect story. Running Fire depicts real life in the military. It picks you up, flies you in a helicopter, and sets you down in a front row seat of war. The action swallows you whole. You never quite know what lies around the next corner, in the next cave, or the next mountain. It is a story of trust, betrayal, and taking care of one’s own.

If you’ve never read a Lindsay McKenna book, start with this one. You will soon find yourself devouring every one of her books.

I wish there were more than five stars. 

Lindsay McKenna’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Monday, April 13th: Book Mama Blog – author guest post

Monday, April 20th: Feminist Reflections

Monday, April 20th: Books a la Mode – author guest post

Tuesday, April 21st: Palmer’s Page Turners

Wednesday, April 22nd: The World As I See It

Thursday, April 23rd: Romance Novels for the Beach

Friday, April 24th: Sara’s Organized Chaos

Monday, April 27th: The Romance Dish – author guest post

Monday, April 27th: Hot Guys in Books

Monday, April 27th: Booked on a Feeling

Tuesday, April 28th: My Life. One Story At a Time.

Wednesday, April 29th: Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Thursday, April 30th: Mignon Mykel Reviews

Monday, May 4th: Books and Spoons

Tuesday, May 5th: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Wednesday, May 6th: Bibliotica

Thursday, May 7th: The Pen and Muse

Friday, May 8th: From the TBR Pile

Friday, May 8th: Written Love Reviews

Monday, May 11th: Life is Story

Wednesday, May 13th: Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers

Thursday, May 14th: Read Love Blog

The Montana Gallaghers Audiobooks – MK McClintock – Giveaway!

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GALLAGHER’S PRIDE

Book One of the Montana Gallaghers

Audiobook read by Philip Ormond

Brenna Cameron was a on a quest of discovery. Ethan Gallagher was on a quest for revenge. Together they would discover a second chance. From the Scottish Highlands to the Montana frontier, experience the first book in a series about a family in search of peace, hope, and love on a wild land.

 

 

GALLAGHER’S HOPE

Book Two of the Montana Gallaghers

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Isabelle Rousseau sought a new beginning. Gabriel Gallagher sought what he didn’t know was missing. Together they would discover hope in unlikely places. Return to the beloved town of Briarwood with this frontier romance about second chances and finding love in the face of overwhelming odds.

 

 

GALLAGHER’S CHOICE

Book Three of the Montana Gallaghers

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Ramsey Hunter finally had a family to call his own. Eliza Gallagher now knew what it meant to risk it all. Together they had a chance to find peace at last. Danger, adventure, and heartwarming romance will sweep you away in Gallagher’s Choice, the unforgettable third book in MK McClintock’s Montana Gallagher series.

 

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Praise for the Montana Gallagher series:

 

“The Montana Gallagher Collection is adventurous and romantic with scenes that transport you into the wild west.” – InD’Tale Magazine

 

“This series is spell-binding. Once you start it you cannot put it down.”

-Jacqueline Clark, Amazon Reviewer (on the Montana Gallaghers)

 

I could not put this book down. It is a riveting book, from beginning to the end. The book is filled with adventure and big surprises.

-Kelly from Kelly’s Thoughts on Things (on Gallagher’s Pride)

 

Ms.McClintock chisels out characters that root themselves deep in your heart, where they’ll stay forever more. It’s rich in historic detail and keeps you captivated til the last page.

-Molly at Reviews by Molly (on Gallagher’s Pride)

 

“MK has written a book that grabs the reader’s attention and refuses to let go.”

-Suzie at The Bunny‘s Review (on Gallagher’s Hope)

 

“A good story can have a little bit of romance, a little bit of adventure, and a little bit of mystery all rolled up into one. Ms. McClintock’s Gallagher’s Hope delivers all that and more.”

-Rebecca at A Book Lover’s Library (on Gallagher’s Hope)

 

“I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the Gallagher’s story. The Gallagher family has warmed my heart, and they have become like a second family. Ms. McClintock kept the action stampeding at an all time high in the conclusion of the Gallagher’s story.”

-Rose Harness, Amazon Reviewer (on Gallagher’s Choice)

 

 

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MK McClintock spins tales of romance, mystery, and adventure inspired by the heather-covered hills of Scotland and the majestic mountains of home. With her heart deeply rooted in the past and her mind always on adventure, she lives and writes in Montana.
-2014 RONE Award-Nominee for “Alaina Claiborne”

-Crowned Heart for Excellence from InD’Tale Magazine for “Blackwood Crossing” and “The Montana Gallagher Collection

Want more? Visit www.mkmcclintock.com for interviews, free bookmarks, a Montana photo gallery, recipes from MK’s kitchen, and more reader extras.
Genres: historical romantic westerns, historical romantic mysteries, western short stories

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Love, Tussles, And Takedowns by Violet Duke (Release Media Blast, Giveaway)

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Title: Love, Tussles, And Takedowns (Cactus Creek #3)

Author: Violet Duke

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: June 27th, 2014



About Love, Tussles, And Takedowns (Cactus Creek #3):
love, tussles, and takedownsHe’s a better fighter

Hudson Reyes has been a fighter for longer than he cares to remember, with enough scars to last several lifetimes. After his combat injuries retire him from the life he wasn’t ready to give up yet, Hudson forces himself back on his feet, building a new post-military career as a fight scene and weapons specialist in the film industry, spending his carbon copy days doing what he knows best: surviving. Until he meets her. The one woman that makes him want to live again. The one woman with hidden wounds as deep as his…and a wicked roundhouse kick that almost knocks him out the day he finally learns her name.

 

…but she has all the weapons.

 

An antique arms authenticator by day and a self-defense instructor by night, Liana Lin has made a living turning the unthinkable demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life. So when the unjustly handsome man she’s been unable to get out of her head literally takes her to the mat with fighting styles unlike anything she’s ever seen—all while pinning her with a molten hot stare that promises things she won’t even let herself imagine, Lia makes damn sure the barbed wire fence around her heart is closed up tight. Because if one man could find a way to disarm her carefully-built defenses, it’d be him.

 

Now if only they could stop sparring long enough to find out…

 

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The Cactus Creek Series by Violet Duke:

A Little Combustible Chemistry (Cactus Creek #1) – FREE prequel novella

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Love, Chocolate, And Beer (Cactus Creek #2)

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Coming soon:Cactus Creek #4: Love, Exes, and Ohs [Isaac & Xoey] — July 2014

Cactus Creek #5: Love, Sidelines, and Endzones [Grady & Sienna] — Sept 2014

Cactus Creek #6: A Little Holiday Meddling [Holiday Novella — Noah & Katelyn] — Nov 2014

Excerpt

“Used to be, I could handle a combat weapon with the kind of speed and precision that guys in my unit were gladly willing to trade their left nut for.” A hard edge darkened his expression for a brief moment before fading, softening when his gaze fell on her face again. “After the explosion, discovering that I wouldn’t ever have that level of fine motor control in my trigger hand again, or that I wouldn’t ever be able to fully process the feel of a weapon because of the nerve damage in my other hand…that just about destroyed me.”

He slid his hand over her skin gently. “But this—ˮ

She gasped, gripped the sheets to keep herself grounded mentally, emotionally. To keep her silly heart from acknowledging the fact that he was shattering her defenses with that one simple touch, owning her with the intense, single-minded focus his eyes held as they followed the path his fingers were tracing across her belly. Hungrily. Reverently.

“I thought that was the hardest thing I’d have to get over because of my injuries. But this right here,” he whispered, leaning down to wreck even more havoc on her senses by shadowing his touch with his words, his evil, evil lips only just barely skimming her flesh. “Not being able to do all the things I want to do to you with the pace and precision I want to with this hand…” She stopped breathing when she felt his other palm smooth up the back of her thigh. “And worse, not being able feel you fully with this one…”

“Hell, Lia. That’s killing me more than you can imagine.”

 

About Violet Duke:

 

violet dukeNEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and have been featured on IndieReader and GalleyCat as breakout hits. When she’s not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

 

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About Love, Chocolate and Beer by Violet Duke:

pLove, Chocolate and Beer“A new must-read series from Violet Duke.” –NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author Kathleen Brooks

Romance has met its most unlikely match-up…

Luke Bradford is a chocolatier on a mission. After moving his chocolate shop, and newly single life, to the quirky town of Cactus Creek, Luke wants nothing more than to devote all his energy into making his business a success–by taking the romance market by storm. But his grand plans get thrown for a loop when he locks horns with the feisty beer-brewing beauty next door who calls his ‘romantic idealism’ a load of fairytale bull. Soon, driving the woman sparking nuts becomes another wickedly fun priority he simply can’t get enough of.

In his defense, she’s addictively easy to incite…and plain impossible to resist.

Beloved local brewmaster Dani Dobson is beyond riled up. It’s bad enough the new shop owner in town comes locked and loaded with both a distractingly rugged charm and sexy flashing dimples, but the whole only-in-the-movies variety of romance he’s selling–the kind her world has been crushed by before–is really doing a number on her allergy to unrealistic clichés. What’s worse, he’s created an annoyingly clever ad campaign that dubs ‘beer joints’ like hers as the “cave where romance goes to hibernate.” The nerve of that man.

Combustible chemistry or not, damn it, this means war. The stakes…very likely, her heart.

About Love, Tussles and Takedowns

LoveTusslesTakedowns_Final5-14_EBOOKeditHe’s a better fighter

A fighter to the core, Hudson Reyes has collected enough battle scars now to last several lifetimes. But after his combat injuries retire him from the life he wasn’t ready to give up, Hudson finds himself spending the carbon copy days of his new career as a Hollywood fight scene and weapons specialist just doing what he knows best: surviving. Until he meets her. The one woman who makes him want to live again. With wounds as deep as his own, she’s a scrappy little thing–an angel-faced paradox that comes as a package deal with an offbeat town of admirably protective, but downright nosy folks.

And a wicked roundhouse kick that’s become intimately familiar with his head.

…but she has all the weapons.

An antique arms authenticator by day and a self-defense instructor by night, Liana Lin has made a living turning the unthinkable demons of her past into the passions that fuel, and fill, her life. So when the unjustly handsome man she’s been unable to stop thinking about literally takes her to the mat with martial arts styles unlike anything she’s ever seen–pinning her with a molten hot stare that melts her like a marshmallow trapped between a graham cracker and a chocolate square–Lia flips into no-holds-barred fight mode. Because if one man could find a way to disarm her carefully-built defenses, it’d be him.

Now if only they could stop sparring long enough to find out…

 

About Violet Duke

Violet DukeNEW YORK TIMES & USA TODAY bestselling author Violet Duke is a former professor of English Education who is ecstatic to now be on the other side of the page writing wickedly fun contemporary romance novels. Her NYT and USA Today bestselling books have been Top 10 bestsellers on Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes & Noble, and featured on IndieReader, GalleyCat, and USA Today as breakout hits. When she’s not writing or feeding her book-a-day reading addiction, Violet enjoys tackling reno projects with her power tools, trying pretty much anything without reading the directions first, and cooking ‘special edition’ dishes that laugh in the face of recipes. She lives in Hawai’i with her two cute kids (daughter Violet & son Duke) and similarly adorable husband.

Find the latest on her books and fan giveaways at www.facebook.com/VioletDukeBooks

 

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Jolie Blonde by Brooklyn James (New Release)

Brooklyn James is an author/singer/songwriter inspired by life in the Live Music Capital of Austin, Texas. Her first novel, The Boots My Mother Gave Me, has an original music soundtrack and was chosen as a Quarter Finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. This book has ranked in Kindle’s Top 100 Coming of Age and Women’s Fiction. Her supernatural thriller trilogy, Vigilare, is an adaptation from a short narrative film, inspired by vigilante movies, such as The Punisher and Boondock Saints. Brooklyn’s nonfiction release, Get This Body In A Barn: The Milkmaid‘s Guide To Fitness, is available exclusively as an ebook. Inspired by her childhood growing up on a dairy farm, she offers basic and practical fitness and nutrition regimens in getting in shape.

The novel Jolie Blonde (Prequel to Vigilare trilogy & stand-alone romantic suspense) releases November 2013. Jolie Blonde will have an accompanying original music soundtrack as well, produced and recorded at Wonderland Studios, Austin. All songs from the soundtracks are written/co-written and performed by the author.

Listen free at www.brooklyn-james.com or www.facebook.com/BrooklynJamesAuthor. Brooklyn’s music can be found on Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, Pandora and Jango online Radio. Her song Can’t Get It Right was chosen for MEOW’s (Musicians for Equal Opportunity for Women) 2012 Discoveries Jukebox, naming Brooklyn among the top 15 female singer/songwriters on the rise. Jango Radio named her song Moving On to their Top 10 Songs of Summer.

Brooklyn holds an M.A. in Communication, and a B.S. in both Nursing and Animal Science. Her nursing career has seen specialties in the areas of Intensive Care and Labor & Delivery/Postpartum. She performs as part of an acoustic duo in the local live music scene in Austin. Brooklyn also serves as Guest Speaker from time to time with a focus on awareness and prevention of Domestic Violence and Suicide.

The Boots My Mother Gave Me
Vigilare: A Trilogy
Get This Body In A Barn: The Milkmaid’s Guide To Fitness

Purchase Jolie Blonde (Vigilare)on Amazon.

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