AZ Author Chat with Alessandra Thomas May 19, 2013

Picture perfect author

Month two of Az Author Chat is almost here! Our author this month is Alessandra Thomas with her sexy book Picture Perfect. So if you haven’t heard, the whole premise of this book club is to read a book and then chat with the author by Skype or Facetime. A great, intimate way to talk about the book just read!

Alessandra is a hip new author for New Adult. If you haven’t heard New Adult is the genre between Young Adult and Adult books. I just love this genre and thanks to Alessandra for introducing it to me.Because of her book I fell in love with New Adult books. Here is an synopsis of the book.

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Fashion design major Cat Mitchell has a closet full of gorgeous clothes – and not a single thing fits. After two years of runway modeling for easy cash, an accident shattered her lower leg bone and her self-esteem in just one swift fall. Ten months of no exercise, prescription steroids, comfort eating and yoga pants meant returning to campus as a size twelve instead of her former size two. When her gorgeous long-time friend with benefits sees her for the first time after her accident and snubs her in front of all her friends, Cat’s self-image hits rock bottom. Her sorority sisters all insist that she looks gorgeous, but all Cat sees is the roll of her stomach when she sits down, or the dimpling at the back of her thighs that wasn’t there last year. Cat’s therapist prescribes something radical to stop the downward spiral – nude modeling for a nearby college’s human form drawing classes. When Cat faces her fears and bares it all for the class, she realizes that she’s posing naked in front the most gorgeous, buffest guy she’s ever seen in her life. He asks her out after the class, and after one steamy night together, Cat’s absolutely smitten. Nate’s pretty close to perfect – he takes Cat rock climbing when he discovers that it makes her feel strong and becomes a great chef after he learns that the perfect pesto sauce makes her swoon. Cat starts to feel like her old self again – confident and beautiful – as long as Nate’s around. Even when he discourages her from entering the Real Woman Project, a design competition for plus-sized apparel, she reasons that he’s just trying to prevent old body image wounds from splitting wide open again. But when Cat goes home with Nate for Thanksgiving, she discovers something shocking from his recent past that proves that he hasn’t always been so encouraging of women of all shapes and sizes. Cat has no idea what to think, but she does know one thing – this might destroy their relationship before it’s even had a chance to get off the ground. Before Cat can figure out whether the real Nate is the sensitive, adoring guy she fell in love with, or an undercover asshole, she’ll have to finally feel comfortable in her own skin – even if it means leaving him forever. (This book contains sex and adult language.)And it is SMEXY! Love it.

This book was wonderful! I connected with the character Cat because we all have body issues and the way she tries to overcome the issue is awesome! And Nate, hunky hotness that he is, has a secret and you want to know what that secret is. I am not telling! It is a must read and I hope anyone in Arizona can join us on May 19 at 3:30. Pizza and sweets for gorging! Email tawney13@gmail.com or Tawkris@aol.com. We hope you can make it.

Here is who we have for June!

ONE by LeighAnn Kopans
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I had the pleasure of obtaining and ARC. I whipped through this book so fast I was disappointed in myself for finishing it. I wanted more and Leigh Ann will give us more with TWO!!! I am over the moon to read this. So please if you can’t make this Author Chat I hope you can make June’s Author Chat! Details to come. And I leave you with a synopsis of One.
It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin’s mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub’s internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it’s more important to fly solo, or to save everything – and everyone – she loves.

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