Thursday, August 11, 2022

Raise a glass to Toni Glickman

Today we are pleased to welcome Toni Glickman to CLC. Her debut novel, Champagne at Seven!, is the first book in the Bitches of Fifth Avenue series. It sounds like a fun story and it's already getting great reviews on Amazon. Toni is here to tell us more about it and share some interesting things about herself, as well. Getting to know her is like having coffee, or champagne, with a close friend.

Toni Glickman is a former retail executive, who spent twenty years in the cashmere and silk-studded front lines in the luxury space of this piranha infested industry. Toni, in her provocative new book series Bitches of Fifth Avenue, reveals the story of life behind the luxury lines—what the client never sees. The exhaustion, depression, and anxiety-ridden days of an employee’s experience, which clients never realize. The fear of low sales numbers, of losing rank, of losing a job to someone with a better client book. Also, there’s the fear of returned merchandise and the constant worry of losing a client to another salesperson. Never a moment of purity, or peace, or calm. It is a life lived constantly on the edge. Saks Fifth Avenue, Prada, Jil Sander, Chanel, Bloomingdale’s and Burberry—these were just a few brands in which Toni achieved success before ultimately being backstabbed by those she thought she could trust. 

​Moving up the ladder from sales associate to industry executive, Toni compares working in the field to the front lines of a minefield. Her colleagues exemplified the mines in which she had to navigate through in order to survive and make her sales numbers, which is all that matters at the end of the day when the cash registers close. An employee in this industry is only respected by how much business is done, in business lingo: “day over day, month over month, and year over year”. Expectations run high, illness is not permitted, and personal lives are ignored. It is report after report, endless conference calls, sales strategies, and goals. Personal shoppers do whatever it takes—it is sell, sell, sell.

​Toni now enjoys life as a real estate professional, where she sets her own schedule and no longer needs to contend with maneuvering “bitchy” retail colleagues. She’s also a Francophile, plays classical piano, loves the cinema, travel, her children, family, friends, and Teacup Pomeranian—her very bold, spirited, and lovable pet dog. Visit Toni on Instagram.

Synopsis:
Olivia Wyatt, a mid-40s, rich Washingtonian who beautifully plays the part of mother, socialite, philanthropist, wife, and Stepford cut-out doll in the chardonnay and whiskey-wrapped superficial world in which she lives. Her exclusive last minute D.C. dinner party didn't quite end how she had anticipated. Tragic news was served up late night instead of her planned dessert of luscious and blissful black forest cake. Olivia and her daughter, Gwynnie, suddenly need to rebuild their lives—and themselves.

Olivia reluctantly moves from her Georgetown high society personal battlefield back to New York City, and is on the prowl for work, only to find herself fighting in the trenches of a new, more intense luxury retail sales war. She dodges designer landmines in her new job as a high-end personal shopper—which only catapults her into a fifth gear spin cycle of anxiety, insanity and toxicity. She is now working alongside Bitches of Fifth Avenue in a gut-wrenching and nerve-wracking struggle to maintain her sanity, and her bank account. Olivia needs to find her way, and fast, before she loses her mind—and her job.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)

"Champagne at Seven! was everything you want from a summer read--smart, funny, and packed with heart. If you loved Sex and The City, Schitt's Creek, or The Devil Wears Prada, you'll love Champagne at Seven!"--Amazon reviewer

"Entertaining summer read that I was so engrossed in, I read it without stopping. Had to find out how Olivia and the elite DC scene live. Looking forward to Toni Glickman’s next book, and finding out how Olivia reinvents herself. Go Olivia!" --Amazon reviewer


In one sentence, what was the road to publishing like for you? 
Ha! It was interesting. I had a book agent in NYC for a while who ultimately retired...I was lucky enough to sign with another agent who sold my MS to Speaking Volumes, LLC...a fabulous traditional small press publisher. Getting published takes a lot of time and patience.

My MS was originally one book but then my agent had the great idea to separate into a three book series - of course, I’ve had to go back in, change the endings of books one and two and the beginnings of two and three. And, giving each book its own name? It’s been fun!

How is Olivia similar to or different from you? 
I am similar to Olivia in the fact that I love to entertain, I love beautiful things and I lived in Georgetown - the historical DC neighborhood. I would add that I am also a little sassy and am true to myself, just like Olivia is. I always add one interesting and memorable accessory to every outfit!

If Champagne at Seven! were made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles? 
I have so many ideas of who would play who...maybe Rachel McAdams, Sienna Miller, Katherine Heigl for Olivia, Neil Patrick Harris, Rupert Everett, Victor Garber or Jim Parsons for Felix? Emma Stone for Zoe. Maybe also Emma Mackey or Lili Reinhart as Gwynnie...this would be so fun to do! May I be that lucky!

Where is your favorite place to spend money? 
My answer to this question has changed over the years....Twenty years ago, I would have said the great luxury brands of the world. Now....it's depositing money into the bank!

What is the last movie you saw that you would recommend? 
I just saw Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris...it's the story of a lovely English widow who works as a housekeeper, becomes enamored with a Christian Dior dress and finds herself in hot pursuit for one of her own!

Tell us about a memorable experience you had this summer. 
I just got back from a long weekend trip to NYC with my son. (My daughter Gigi was too busy to join!) Bruno and I hit the pavement and did the Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Central Park tour, Broadway Show (Mr. Saturday Night...amazing!), Nintendo store (three visits to be specific), and had countless slices of pizza...all of that and even more Starbucks coffees for me to keep up with Bruno!

Thanks to Toni for visiting with us!

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Book Review: The Split



By Sara Steven

Two decades on from a passionate courtship and marriage, Lucas and Esther are getting divorced.

For Esther, it’s proving hard not to feel bitter watching Lucas enjoying his successful career, not to mention the attentions of his gorgeous, intelligent, and predictably younger lover. She meanwhile is struggling to forge a new life for herself, navigating the pitfalls of modern dating, while trying not to despair at the cost of living as a single woman of a certain age.

Then Lucas faces a shattering accusation at the same time as their children Dylan and Lily, start to implode. When Dylan runs away, and as his father fights to save his reputation, Lucas and Esther find themselves back in each other’s lives, whether they like it or not.

Has too much water passed under the bridge, or will long-forgotten loyalties and feelings bring the family back together, just when they need each other the most? (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

It seems that nearly every character within The Split is going through major changes in their lives. Not only has Esther attempted to move on after divorcing her husband, Lucas, but her children are at an age where she’ll become an empty nester soon. Lucas believes he has found happiness again, only to have it threatened by the accusation mentioned in the synopsis. Lily is dealing with an unbearable secret, while Dylan decides to run away from what has tethered him to his family. The reader witnesses the slow unraveling of various choices made by each character, and the eventual outcome of those choices. 

I couldn’t help but feel for Esther. It appears as though she doesn’t have much support and has had to find a new way of life after the divorce. But it was nice to see the strength she has and how she endures, rediscovering herself. I could relate. I think many women can sort of lose themselves within their families and children, forgetting who they originally had been, and I could tell that she wanted to find some kind of balance between motherhood and newfound womanhood. 

Lucas was a gruff character. He reminded me of my grandfather, who had a much softer side to him tucked deep inside, and it was only on rare occasions when you’d get a glimpse of it. There is a backstory connected to Lucas’s personality which made sense and gave me a deeper understanding of who Lucas is. He can’t be trusted because he can’t trust. The accusation he’s dealing with sent me back several pages, in order to re-read the events that led to everything, trying to figure out if what he went through was justified. To be honest, I’m still not sure, because I could see both sides to the situation. 

Lily and Dylan had their own burdens to bear, yet given everything going on with their parents, the siblings chose to keep quiet. I thought the author did a great job of showing the slow burn that can happen when you are living with something that settles poorly on your psyche. Overall, The Split did that–showed what could happen if you choose to “live with” something instead of tackling it and moving on from it. All four characters have to figure it out, in order to find their way to one another again; in order to remain a family. It was an interesting look into quiet disarray, well written and expansive. 

Thanks to Rachel's Random Resources for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Jean Meltzer's perfect new novel...plus a book giveaway

Photo by Lisa Damico
We're so glad to have Jean Meltzer back at CLC today, to celebrate the publication of her delightful sophomore rom com, Mr. Perfect on Paper. Melissa loved this one just as much as The Matzah Ball, if not more. (See her review.) Jean is here to talk more about her writing, dating, and Jewish traditions. Thanks to MIRA, we have one copy to give away!

Jean Meltzer studied dramatic writing at NYU Tisch and has earned numerous awards for her work in television, including a daytime Emmy. Like her protagonist, Jean is also a chronically-ill and disabled Jewish woman. She is an outspoken advocate for ME/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), has attended visibility actions in Washington DC, meeting with members of Senate and Congress to raise funds for ME/CFS. She inspires 9,000 followers on WW Connect to live their best life, come out of the chronic illness closet, and embrace the hashtag #chronicallyfabulous. Also, while she was raised in what would be considered a secular home, she grew up kosher and attended Hebrew School. She spent five years in rabbinical school before her chronic illness forced her to withdraw, and her father told her she should write a book―just not a Jewish one because no one reads those. 

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Synopsis:
The perfect Jewish husband should be:
  • A doctor or lawyer (preferably a doctor)
  • Baggage-free (no previous marriages, no children)
  • And of course—he must be Jewish
As the creator and CEO of the popular Jewish dating app J-Mate, matchmaker Dara Rabinowitz knows the formula for lasting love—at least, for everyone else. When it comes to her own love life, she’s been idling indefinitely. Until her beloved bubbe shares Dara’s checklist for “The Perfect Jewish Husband” on national television and charming news anchor Chris Steadfast proposes they turn Dara’s search into must-see TV.

As a non-Jewish single dad, Chris doesn’t check any of Dara’s boxes. But her hunt for Mr. Perfect is the ratings boost his show desperately needs. If only Chris could ignore his own pesky attraction to Dara—a task much easier said than done when Dara starts questioning if “perfect on paper” can compete with how hard she’s falling for Chris… (Courtesy of Amazon.)

“A delightful romantic comedy that reminds us to follow our hearts.”
—Brenda Novak, New York Times bestselling author

"Grab some popcorn! Mr. Perfect on Paper reads so cinematically, I felt like I was watching my favorite rom-com for the first time. This book is delightfully Jewish—it had me absolutely kvelling over the representation. What a joy to read!"
—Haley Neil, author of Once More with Chutzpah

What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing?
For me, it’s less about the writing itself and what my books put into the world. I’m always so beyond touched when someone who has read my books tell me that they felt seen. That how I described an experience—such as living with ME/CFS in The Matzah Ball or living with Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Mr. Perfect on Paper—resonates with them in a way that feels truthful. Or, to hear a reader say, “This book put into words what I experience but could never explain.” People need language to help them express themselves, and their reality to others. I love when my books can facilitate that.  

Beyond that, and something I’m truly proud of as a rom-com author, is how many people have reached out to me to tell me that my books have made them laugh during a period of difficult. That after a death, or during challenging times, my books were their safe space. I guess the old saying holds true. You can take the girl out of rabbinical school…

I feel so darn blessed that I have a job where I get to put good things into the world, where I get to write books that ultimately help other people. It’s interesting that so many people think of romance as fluffy, or predictable, because in my experience, it is the exact opposite. Romance can be healing in profound and important ways. 

What did you learn from writing The Matzah Ball that you applied to Mr. Perfect on Paper?
One thing that’s important to remember about my writing journey, is that I never expected The Matzah Ball to get published. I wrote that book during the pandemic, as a way to hold onto my joy, and as a gift for my niece who needed a book where Jewish women loved their noses. Everything else which came after writing it was wonderful, but it wouldn’t have changed my experience, or feelings, about that book. 

And so, when I sat down to write Mr. Perfect on Paper—I tried to hold on to that aspect of what brings me to the page. I tried to keep writing with joy. And I putting all the rest of it—deadlines, sales, publicity, etc.—out of my mind. 

If Mr. Perfect on Paper were made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles?
I always get this question, and I always answer it the same way. I do not know celebrities, at all. Unless they are Real Housewives. Sadly, I don’t think any of them are right for Mr. Perfect on Paper

What is the strangest Jewish ritual for you to have to explain to someone? 
EASY! Hoshana Rabbah, which is the holiday right at the end of Sukkot and before Simchat Torah. During the service, a bunch of people in Tallit (prayer shawls) go around in a circle, over and over, shaking and waving lulav (long ancient palms) all while holding an etrog (a lemon, but with a fancy tip.) And then, during the circle dancing, after waving and shaking and chanting, you take those palms and that fancy lemon, AND SMASH THEM ALL OVER THE GROUND! Then you go around and do the whole thing again, and again, and again…  chant, wave, shake, smash… chant, wave, shake, smash… 

Honestly, the first time I saw it I thought, “This is the most pagan thing I have ever seen in my whole life.” Participating in it is even weirder. You really do feel like you’re in a Fellini movie. It’s actually so hard to explain that, even though Mr. Perfect on Paper covers the High Holiday cycle from Rosh Hashanah to Simchat Torah and into Hanukkah, I purposefully left Hoshana Rabbah out. 

Tell us how you met your husband.
I met my husband on a cruise to Bermuda. I was a first year rabbinical school, and he was a college student, in the military, about to deploy to Iraq. Plot twist—he also wasn’t Jewish. We clicked immediately, and two weeks later, he came to my house for Rosh Hashanah, took one bite of my brisket, and said, “Jean. I’m going to marry you.” LOL 

Thankfully, everything worked out for us in the end. But our relationship, the idea that you could be deeply committed to your faith, but fall in love with someone outside your faith, despite your best intentions to do otherwise, became the inspiration for my second book, Mr. Perfect on Paper

Since Dara has a few bad dates, tell us about the worst date you've ever been on. 
Oh man. I would feel too bad telling those stories! But I will say that one of the dates in Mr. Perfect on Paper was inspired by a real life event. I’ll leave it to you to guess which one, though. 

Thanks to Jean for chatting with us and to MIRA for sharing her book with our readers.

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Book Review: The Forgotten Cottage

By Jami Denison

Every genre has its tropes, and historical fiction is rife with them. Some of the more popular ones include inheriting heretofore unknown property, the elderly relative who dies with a secret, a modern-day protagonist with a burden, and of course, world war. But just because a book includes some or all of these tropes doesn’t mean it’s not good. Historical fiction writer Courtney Ellis utilizes all of them in her latest novel, The Forgotten Cottage. She still creates a unique, captivating story that never feels predictable. 

In 2014, disgraced American nurse Audrey Collins treks to North Yorkshire, England, having just inherited a cottage from her grandmother that she knew nothing about. So devastated over her grandmother’s passing that she fell off the wagon after a year of sobriety, Audrey is amazed to discover the cottage is a time capsule from the day her grandmother left England in 1941. As she pokes around the home and talks to the villagers in this tight-knit community, Audrey begins to realize that the secret to her grandmother’s past actually lies in the story of her great-grandmother, Lady Emilie Dawes.

The Forgotten Cottage suffers from the same quandary as nearly every historical fiction novel that features a past and present protagonist: The challenges the historical protagonist faces are so enormous that the modern-day heroine pales in comparison. And Lady Emilie Dawes is exceptionally compelling. Growing up on a fine estate with staff at her beck and call, and promised to a lord, Emilie is determined to live life on her own terms. And that means falling for a man born outside of society and rejecting her family in order to serve World War I soldiers as a nurse. The contrast in descriptions of Emilie’s privileged life on the manor versus the austere life in a field hospital is stark, and her strength of character is revealed again and again. Near the end of the book, when she makes a calculated decision to lie to protect someone vulnerable, her actions are understandable. Audrey’s journey of getting the cottage ready to sell, discover her grandmother’s past, and stay sober, can’t really compete with that, even though she is a sympathetic character.

The novel feels strongly researched, and many of the descriptions of the horrors of World War I made me tear up. The first conflict to use modern warfare and gas, it was fought by English nobility and commoners alike, who signed up believing it would only last a few months. Through Emilie’s eyes, readers get an up-close look at the amputations, chemical burns, and PTSD that resulted—as well as the unkind reactions to the latter. 

Ironically, I read The Forgotten Cottage on the plane home from a trip to England. While there, I visited the Imperial War Museum, which has a floor dedicated to World War I. As an American, it was eye-opening to read analyses of the war written by English historians who put the conflict in a global context. World War I happened more than 100 years ago, but the struggles of class and the questions about who gets to rule never really seem to get resolved. Perhaps that’s why these books continue to be so compelling: There’s always the unspoken suggestion that something similar could happen again. And here. 

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

What's in the (e)mail?

Melissa:
The Marsh Queen by Virginia Hartman from Gallery (NetGalley)
Take My Husband by Ellen Meister from Harlequin (NetGalley)
A Secret in the Family by/from Leah Mercer (NetGalley)
Small World by Laura Zigman from Ecco (NetGalley)
The Spice Master at Bistro Exotique by Samantha Vérant from Berkley (NetGalley)
Not the Plan by Gia De Cadenet from Random House (NetGalley)
The Friendship Breakup by/from Annie Cathryn (NetGalley)
A Guide to Being Just Friends by Sophie Sullivan from St. Martin's Press (print)
Twice in a Lifetime by Melissa Baron from Alcove Press (NetGalley)
Well, That Was Unexpected by Jesse Q. Sutanto from Random House (NetGalley)
Really Good, Actually by Monica Heisey from William Morrow (NetGalley)


Sara:
I Told You This Would Happen by Elaine Murphy from Grand Central (print)
The Split by Amanda Brookfield from Rachel's Random Resources (NetGalley)
The House in the Pines by Ana Reyes from Dutton (NetGalley)
The Break-Up Agency by Sheila McClure from Rachel's Random Resources (NetGalley)
This is Us by Helen McGinn from Rachel's Random Resources (NetGalley)
Just Date and See by Portia Macintosh from Rachel's Random Resources (NetGalley)
Such a Pretty Girl by T. Greenwood from BookSparks (ebook)







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Book Review: The No-Show

By Marisa Appleton

Siobhan, Miranda, and Jane are all stood up on Valentine's Day. What connects the three women? Joseph Carter. All three women go on well-needed, but very different journeys of self-discovery.  They experience love, loss, and self-acceptance. There’s more to Joseph than meets the eye. Is he simply a lying womanizer? You’ll have to read to find out.

The No-Show starts off as a typical, predictable romance. I love Beth O’Leary. Her stories are normally happy, albeit predictable, but heartwarming reads. Going into this book, I expected a similar vibe. It starts off that way, we initially learn about three different women Siobhan, Miranda and Jane. All three women have been stood up on Valentine’s Day. Siobhan is an Irish life coach; Miranda is a tree surgeon and Jane works in a charity shop. Each woman is different, but they all have some deep-rooted trauma that we unpack throughout the story. 

The one thing that all the women have in common is Joseph Carter. Somehow though, he manages to show up and apologise to the women the following day. They all forgive him and go on to have very different relationships with him. I fully expected a The Other Woman kind of scenario where all the women met up and plotted their revenge. I couldn’t have been more wrong. This story really exceeded my expectations.

I didn’t know what to make of Joseph Carter. In some ways, he was a swoon-worthy boyfriend. I didn’t blame the girls for falling for him. But in the back of my mind, I still knew that he was a three-timing cheater. When the secrets start to unfold, we discover a different side to Joseph. Throughout the novel, I felt a darker undertone. I wasn’t sure what it was, I could just tell that this story wasn’t going to be your traditional happily ever after. I can honestly say that this book is worth reading just for the twist. I really did not see it coming and that’s saying a lot. The twist did make everything just click. Spoiler alert – I cried. As soon as I figured out where the story was going, it was tinged with sadness. O'Leary has created fully formed characters in this novel; they all have their own secrets and sadness. 

There’s not much else I can say that won’t spoil the novel; all I can do is encourage you to go read it! I’m predicting that this novel is going to be Beth O’Leary’s most successful novel yet. 

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Double Feature Spotlight and Giveaway: Ben and Beatriz & Mika in Real Life

Today we are featuring Ben and Beatriz by Katalina Gamarra and Mika in Real Life by Emiko Jean. Both novels were published this past week and they sound amazing. We have THREE copies of each for some lucky readers, thanks to Harlequin and William Morrow!

Which of his bad qualities did she fall for first?

Harvard senior Beatriz Herrera does not have a post-graduation plan. What she does have is a shaved head, a sharp tongue, political views that skew so far left she’s this close to eating the rich, and deeply rooted trauma from the results of the 2016 election.

Still, she would do anything for her sweet, opposite-from-her-in-every-way prima, Hero. Even if it means watching Hero and her boyfriend, Claudio, make googly eyes at each other all spring break. And even if it means spending that week at the Cape Cod mansion of Claudio's best friend and Beatriz's worst nightmare: arrogantly attractive playboy Ben Montgomery. Ben is everything Beatriz can’t stand: he’s white, he’s rich, his taste in literature is the embodiment of toxic masculinity, he’s already got a post-grad job lined up in Boston’s Financial District (with a cushy loft that's paid for, of course), and he’s a walking reminder of the steamy night they spent together four years ago, during their very first week of college. A night that cemented her disdain toward him forever—not that she plans on telling him why.

When a night of drinking games takes a terrifying turn, Ben and Beatriz are forced to put aside their dislike for each other to save someone’s life. What follows--over the course of several months--is an unraveling, as both of them learn how wrong they've been about the other, and a rebuilding of something new and surprisingly tender. But does a country so bitterly divided have space for this kind of love story?

"BEN AND BEATRIZ should be required reading. I want to scream at the entire world to pick up this book and read it! At times, I was shaking while reading because it made me feel so seen. Gamarra's novel is an incredible love story, yes, but beyond that it's also a deeply complex study on racism and privilege that goes so far beyond the surface. Its approach to mental health, consent, and sexual identity is brilliant and compassionate and so, so authentic. We should be studying this book. AAHHH!!!" 
— Jesse Q. Sutanto, author of Dial A for Aunties

Katalina Gamarra earned a BA in English from Drew University, where she received accolades for both creative writing and academic prowess, as well as an award in Shakespeare Study. Before becoming an author, she worked in bookselling and literary scouting. She lives in Boston with her husband, cat, and dog.

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One phone call changes everything. 

At thirty-five, Mika Suzuki’s life is a mess. Her last relationship ended in flames. Her roommate-slash-best friend might be a hoarder. She’s a perpetual disappointment to her traditional Japanese parents. And, most recently, she’s been fired from her latest dead-end job.  

Mika is at her lowest point when she receives a phone call from Penny—the daughter she placed for adoption sixteen years ago. Penny is determined to forge a relationship with her birth mother, and in turn, Mika longs to be someone Penny is proud of. Faced with her own inadequacies, Mika embellishes a fact about her life. What starts as a tiny white lie slowly snowballs into a fully-fledged fake life, one where Mika is mature, put-together, successful in love and her career. 

The details of Mika’s life might be an illusion, but everything she shares with curious, headstrong Penny is real: her hopes, dreams, flaws, and Japanese heritage. The harder-won heart belongs to Thomas Calvin, Penny’s adoptive widower father. What starts as a rocky, contentious relationship slowly blossoms into a friendship and, over time, something more. But can Mika really have it all—love, her daughter, the life she’s always wanted? Or will Mika’s deceptions ultimately catch up to her? In the end, Mika must face the truth—about herself, her family, and her past—and answer the question, just who is Mika in real life? 

"A wonderful, life-affirming story about second chances, parenthood and love. By turns tender, funny, and deeply romantic, I was rooting for Mika, Penny and Thomas." 
— Lauren Ho, author of Lucie Yi Is Not A Romantic 

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Emiko Jean is the author of Tokyo Dreaming, Tokyo Ever After, Empress of all Seasons, and We'll Never be Apart. When Emiko is not writing, she is reading. Most of her friends are imaginary. Before she became a writer she was an entomologist (fancy name for bug catcher), a candle maker, a florist, and most recently a teacher. She lives in Washington with her husband and children (unruly twins). She loves the rain.

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