Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Chick Lit Cheerleader: An extra helping of pie...plus a book giveaway

Since this is a book review, it doesn't need much of an introduction. However, we do want to tell you that Lauren Clark is doing a WORLDWIDE giveaway for TWO copies of her latest novel, Pie Girls (winner's choice of print or audiobook)!

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Review of Pie Girls by Lauren Clark 
By Jen Tucker a.k.a. The Chick Lit Cheerleader

Not only do I have a mad girl crush on Lauren Clark, I’m lucky enough to have her in my circle of trust. I met Lauren online two years ago yet it feels like we’ve been lifelong gal pals. I’m gaga for her work and am her biggest nag—I mean cheerleader—while patiently waiting for her to craft new novels. I know she’s only one Lauren, with ten fingers, two sweet boys, and a busy life yet I wish she’d peck the keyboard a little snappier to feed my need to read.

Lauren sent me a copy of her novel, Pie Girls, last summer and I devoured it like a delicious slice of chess pie. When the audiobook was released, she gifted CLC a copy and I was the lucky recipient. I couldn’t wait to download that baby and listen to the voices of Searcy, Alton, Tobi, Mama and the gang. Pie Girls was my first experience with audio books. No, wait. That’s not accurate. Go the F*** to Sleep was the first one I downloaded. Please don’t judge me. It was free and narrated by Breaking Bad, bad boy, Bryan Cranston.

But I digress.

Mary Hollis Inboden
Being a writer, my commute to work is from my bedroom to my home office. Listening to books, except for the occasional, inappropriate, parenting fiction quickie wasn’t something I’d considered before. I have to tell you—I’m hooked and loved the audio version of Pie Girls, narrated by Mary Hollis Inboden.

Searcy Roberts marries her high school sweetheart and moves away to the outskirts of Atlanta while shaking the dust of her small town off her Christian Louboutin heels. She’s living the dream. Personal shoppers, a host of well-to-do friends and not a care in the world. Yet all is not as it seems. Searcy heads home to find refuge from the unraveling of her life and marriage in the company of her mother. Returning to Fairhope seems to bring its own unique problems and Searcy finds herself not only wrestling with what truly matters to her but also battles to save her mother’s beloved restaurant, Pie Girls.

For the legions of Lauren Clark fans, you’ll love this sweet southern tale, the type of fiction she so brilliantly crafts. Lauren excels at creating characters from the flawed to fantastic which leaves readers a little more in love with her work each time they turn the page. Her narrative is picturesque and transports you. If only it would’ve transported me to a bakery. I shared with Lauren she’d excel in a career in food description for Williams Sonoma. While listening to the story, the narrator’s delicious telling of the pies and quiches crafted in the kitchen of Pie Girls made me hungry for just a taste of the lovingly baked treats. Food porn at its finest. Note to reader: do not read hungry!

For those who enjoy a great chick lit audiobook, Pie Girls is delicious. Bon Appetit!

Just to whet your appetite....

The lovely Lauren Clark

Thanks to Jen for a wonderful review and to Lauren for sharing her book with our readers.

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Worldwide. Giveaway ends February 23rd at midnight EST.

Jen Tucker is the author of the funny and true stories, The Day I Wore My Panties Inside Out and The Day I Lost My Shaker of SaltIn September 2012, she had her children's book, Little Pumpkin published as an e-book. She also blogs monthly for Survival for Blondes. She currently lives in Indiana with her husband, three kids and two dogs. You can find her at TwitterFacebook, her blog and on her website. And in case you missed them. check out her previous Chick Lit Cheerleader posts here.

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26 comments:

Ro from Mo. said...

Tradd Street series read by Karen White or Meryl Streep

Bonnie Franks said...

Any book at all read by Neil Gaiman.

Jessica Meddick said...

Any book by Karen White read by Karen White. =]

susieqlaw said...

Goodnight June narrated by Kristin Davis would be cool!

Connie said...

Sorry, but I cannot think of one. I usually like print books and have not transitioned to audio as yet.

traveler said...

I would love to listen to a book narrated by Patrick Stewart.

Lauren Clark said...

Thank you Melissa & Jen! I appreciate the "Pie Girls" shout out!

<3 Lauren

Anita Yancey said...

I would not listen to an audiobook by anyone, they put me to sleep. I have to read print books for them to hold by interest.

Janine said...

I have no experience with audio books and really can't think of one that I would want to listen to. Maybe something really long that I wouldn't have the time to read. As far as narrating it, that is another question I can't answer.

Kathryn T said...

I enjoy an audiobook always and have one on the go as I walk most days. I don't have any particular book or narrator in mind. My main objection is when audiobooks lack world rights and I can't access them. I see this one is on Audible so I am adding it to my wish list.

Rita said...

I do not listen to audio books. I like to read.

Bonnie K. said...

I don't generally listen to audio books but I would if it was James Earl Jones narrating. Love his voice. I see on Amazon that he has read the bible and The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey.

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Jennifer L. said...

I'd like to listen to The Rosie Project read by Emma Thompson.

Linda Kish said...

I don't have a lot of experience listening to audiobooks even though I have a bunch of them waiting for me to listen to them. I'd probably like Morgan Freeman to read a James Patterson book to me.

Glenda Hefty said...

I'm not a big audio book listener so really don't have any preference as to any books or particular readers.

Hailey Fish said...

I find it hard for me to pay attention to someone reading an audio book without being able to read along with the narrator.

I can picture Toni Collette reading for Liane Moriarty.

Mary Preston said...

I prefer to read a book, but I can imagine Benedict Cumberbatch being a great narrator.

bn100 said...

maybe any JR Ward book by the Rock

Patricia said...

Team of Rivals, read by Daniel Day-Lewis.

Uma Kayla G said...

I enjoy listening to books that are read by the author themselves. I feel they are more likely to read the book the way that they wrote it.

Holly said...

Yes, Please read by Amy Poehler.

Rhonda j g said...

I would like the author. If not any book read by Hugh Jackman or Sam Elliott.

cpr040304 said...

Any of Lisa Geneva's books.

Cresta McGowan said...

It'd be really neat to have Harper Lee's new novel Go Set a Watchman narrated by her.

rubynreba said...

I don't listen to audio books.

Katrin said...

I´d love to listen to Juliet Archer reading her book Persuade Me - or Jane Odiwe any of hers!