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BLOGWORDS – Friday 24 March 2017 – FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED and RELUCTANTLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

FIRST LINE FRIDAY – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED and RELUCTANTLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

 

 

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THE BLURBS:    

Accidentally Married:

Madison Nichols, aspiring actress, is floundering. Her rent is due and she needs a job. Desperately. After getting a tip about an open position, she rushes to Jameson Technologies and meets CEO Jared Jameson. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be his girlfriend. Not the job she was applying for. And when she finds out Jared lied to her to get what he wanted, she decides to get back at him. In front of his family.

Jared is stunned when Madison announces they are getting married. She pushed her revenge too far. How can he tell them it’s all a lie? And when his sick aunt asks them to be married before she dies, Madison comes up with a hair-brained plan to hire an actor and stage a fake wedding.

What they both don’t know is Jared’s father has found out about the fake wedding. And he’s got his own hair-brained plan.

 

Reluctantly Married:

Megan Holloway can’t stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he’s a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.

When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him—on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.

As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.

What she doesn’t know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.

THE FIRST LINES:   

Accidentally Married: Madison pulled her car into the parking spot, relieved she found an empty space so close to the building.

 

Reluctantly Married: Megan dug her fingernails into her palms and stared at her co-host, Adam, while the camera zoomed in on her. She couldn’t believe what he’d said.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Delightful and whimsical, Ms. Lieske has written a series of most improbable stories—and yet makes them not only come alive but seem actually plausible.

 

 

GENRE:

Romantic Comedy

 

STARS:

     Fun and whimsical stories with unexpected twists.

 

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BOOK REVIEW – BLISSFULLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

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BOOK REVIEW – BLISSFULLY MARRIED

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If you can’t do, then teach. And if you can’t find romance for yourself, then find it for others. But Sidney Reed’s clients want a matchmaker who has, in fact, made her own successful match. And Sidney hasn’t. Hasn’t found Mr. Right. Because Mr. Wrong trampled her heart.

 

And then there was Blake. Childhood friend who thought no more of her than his best friend’s kid sister.

 

Only, ‘cept, Sidney’s been in love with him since she was a kid. And now he’s back in town, and all those long ago laid-to-rest feelings have come back to haunt her. But Blake’s just playing games. Right?

 

Thinking Sidney to be engaged, Blake keeps their friendship as just that, friendship. But he, too, is fending off the growing and compelling attraction between them.

 

Will Sidney’s phony engagement keep Blake at a distance? Will it protect her heart from being crushed yet again? Or will her ruse ruin her chance at love with the only man she has ever truly wanted?

 

 

This series is quirky and fun reading. I enjoyed the antics Ms. Lieske’s characters get into.  And the sticky situations and unlikely circumstances she puts them in. I enjoyed the banter between characters, and felt the very real tension between Sidney and her mother. My heart yearned with Sidney’s for Blake’s confession of love. And deflated alongside hers, knowing that confession would never come. Ms. Lieske has come to be one of my favorite authors through this series, with her genuine characters, facing the most unlikely of situations. She takes the unusual ‘what ifs’ and spins plausible solutions from them. I hope there will be more in this series.

 

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

c12xgqihfls-_ux250_Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015.

Victorine has also helped countless other authors through her involvement and outreach as immediate past president of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. Her candor as a blogger and guest has made her a favorite with audiences worldwide. Victorine also served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.
Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Victorine also does graphic design work in the publishing industry.

Victorine’s book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, details how she found success, and gives advice to other writers wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.

 

 

http://www.victorinelieske.com/

http://bluevalleyauthorservices.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Victorine-E.-Lieske/e/B003J4VTKO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1470423726&sr=8-1

https://www.facebook.com/victorinelieske/

 

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BOOK REVIEW – MISTAKENLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

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BOOK REVIEW – MISTAKENLY MARRIED

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A young woman who doesn’t fit the mold—but tries to conform to please her family. Disaster in the making. And Penny Ackerman has tried, truly tried, to be what’s expected of her.

Now, she stands in the Chapel-O-Love, waiting for William to arrive. To finally meet him face to face. Their two year online relationship is love, she just knows it is.

 

Harrison Williams’ brother has found a debutante who has agreed to marry Harrison—for a price of course—and Harrison goes along. It’s the only way he can have his trust fund money.

 

Only there’s a mix-up. William is a no-show, and Harrison winds up in his place.

And Penny and Harrison end up married.

 

How, oh how, is Penny going to explain this to her family? Harrison is ready to bail as soon as he realizes the mistake—but he can’t if he wants his trust fund money.

 

What happens when two people who have never met, who weren’t supposed to get married in the first place, find that they are married to their soul mate? But Penny doesn’t fit in Harrison’s elitist world, nor does he exactly fit in her homey upbringing. And yet…

 

 

This is my first read by Ms. Lieske, and I found it to be quite entertaining. The characters are well written, and real, even in the unlikely circumstance. The emotions are strong, and Ms. Lieske has conveyed these on the page. I felt Penny’s frustration as her affection for Harrison grew, I longed for her to tell him her feelings. And yet I understood her hesitation. I connected with the characters, and in the most curious of circumstances, they were real. I was drawn into the story and thoroughly enjoyed this book.

 

 

I received a free copy of this book, but was under no obligation to read the book or to post a review. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

 

c12xgqihfls-_ux250_Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015.

Victorine has also helped countless other authors through her involvement and outreach as immediate past president of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. Her candor as a blogger and guest has made her a favorite with audiences worldwide. Victorine also served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.
 

Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Victorine also does graphic design work in the publishing industry.

Victorine’s book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, details how she found success, and gives advice to other writers wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.

 

 

http://www.victorinelieske.com/

http://bluevalleyauthorservices.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Victorine-E.-Lieske/e/B003J4VTKO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1470423726&sr=8-1

https://www.facebook.com/victorinelieske/

 

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BOOK REVIEW – RELUCTANTLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

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BOOK REVIEW – RELUCTANTLY MARRIED

 

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She didn’t want a reality show.  She sure didn’t want to do a reality show with him. And she definitely didn’t want to marry him—on air.

 

Megan Holloway is the co-host for Adam Warner’s morning show. The sparks fly from the beginning. And Megan can’t wait to get away, and have her own show somewhere. Preferably L.A. somewhere far away.

 

But fans comment online, and ratings skyrocket, the producer hears the cha-ching of dollar signs. Megan and Adam’s on-air banter, is upgraded to up-air dating, and a network gig ending in marriage. A real one.

 

But it’s all fake. None of it is real.

 

What happens when those fake feeling become real? Will Megan and Adam realize their love? Or will they go their separate ways—each with their $100K in pocket?

 

 

Ms. Lieske’s characters banter on the page is so quirky and authentic. Megan and Adam are such realistic characters, acting and reacting to the scenario foisted upon them. As television personae, they make the best of it. The antics they get themselves into, the real issues that flew in their faces, and their emotions sparring for credit against the role they were supposed to be playing. I felt the tension rising as they fought their emotions, and I felt the heartache as they both tried to deny how they truly felt. I could feel the heat in each kiss, and the desire for more on each page. I enjoyed reading this book like I would enjoy watching their show.

 

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

c12xgqihfls-_ux250_Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015.

Victorine has also helped countless other authors through her involvement and outreach as immediate past president of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. Her candor as a blogger and guest has made her a favorite with audiences worldwide. Victorine also served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.
 

Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Victorine also does graphic design work in the publishing industry.

Victorine’s book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, details how she found success, and gives advice to other writers wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.

 

 

http://www.victorinelieske.com/

http://bluevalleyauthorservices.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Victorine-E.-Lieske/e/B003J4VTKO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1470423726&sr=8-1

https://www.facebook.com/victorinelieske/

 

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BOOK REVIEW – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED by VICTORINE LIESKE

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BOOK REVIEW – ACCIDENTALLY MARRIED

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It started as a game, a role to play.  And it wasn’t even what she was looking for. But somewhere along the way, it became real.

 

When Madison Nichols hears of a position open at Jameson Technologies, she jumps at the opportunity. Never mind that it’s admin. Never mind she’s never done that. Except as a two minute role in a movie. How hard can it be?

 

But she gets there and not only is the position not available, but the CEO is waiting for a friend’s cousin to pose as his girlfriend for a family function. With $1000 dangling in front of her, Madison goes along. She is and actress after all.

 

Jared Jameson is corporate material. Girlfriends and relationships not so much. But his father insists Jared bring his girlfriend to his birthday dinner. Problem is, the girlfriend is fabricated. She’s not real, and Jared resorts to hiring a friend’s cousin—a stranger—for the afternoon.  But the cousin doesn’t show and he snags the unsuspecting Madison instead.

 

And the sparks fly. Disdain and contempt pave the way for attraction and chemistry.

Will romance thrive? Can romance survive? With each one convinced the other is not interested, they go through with a phony wedding. Only to find out it wasn’t phony after all.

 

 

Ms. Lieske has a witty series of clever what-if scenarios. It could happen—right? I enjoy Ms. Lieske’s casual style, her easy writing, and her intriguing stories.  Finding themselves stuck in implausible situations, her characters’ reactions are very real—frustration, disbelief, panic.  I felt Madison’s heart as she melted in Jared’s arms, and I felt her tummy flutter as he touched her, the sparks ignite when he kissed her. For appearances, of course. And I felt her crushing disappointment as she fought her growing attraction to him. From the opening lines to the happy conclusion, this story is filled with topsy turvy ups and downs of emotion and tension. I mean, what love story doesn’t have a little bit of friction along the way?

 

 

I purchased this book on Amazon. I offer my review of my own volition, The opinions expressed in my review are my own honest thoughts and reaction to this book.

 

 

 

 

c12xgqihfls-_ux250_Victorine enjoys commercial success through her writing, thanks in part to her ability to analyze and adapt to the constantly changing trends in today’s publishing environment. She self-published her first book, Not What She Seems, in April of 2010. In March of 2011, Not What She Seems began its 6 week run on The New York Times best selling eBook list. By May 2011 she had sold over 100,000 copies. Victorine’s first romantic comedy novel hit the USA Today Best selling books list in January 2015.

Victorine has also helped countless other authors through her involvement and outreach as immediate past president of the Nebraska Writers Guild. She is active in many writing groups and forums and has given dozens of interviews for TV, radio and print media and has been a panel member and keynote speaker at several major events, including The Business of Writing International Summit. Her candor as a blogger and guest has made her a favorite with audiences worldwide. Victorine also served as a judge for the 2015 Whitney Awards. Because of her selfless service to fellow authors through assistance with critiquing, beta reading and graphic design, she was chosen as the inaugural recipient of the CIR Strong Award, named for late Clean Indie Reads forum member Jessica Strong.
Victorine and her husband have raised their four children in Nebraska. Victorine also does graphic design work in the publishing industry.

Victorine’s book, How to Find Success Selling eBooks, details how she found success, and gives advice to other writers wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.

 

 

http://www.victorinelieske.com/

http://bluevalleyauthorservices.com/

https://www.amazon.com/Victorine-E.-Lieske/e/B003J4VTKO/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1470423726&sr=8-1

https://www.facebook.com/victorinelieske/

 

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