Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Legacy by Hannah Fielding Book Release Party & Designer Bag Giveaway

Welcome to the Legacy Release Party

Hey guys! One of my favorite authors Hannah Fielding is having a release party for the final book in her Andalucian Nights Trilogy. We're thrilled to host this for a day at Vicariously! Read about Legacy below and please check out her other books in the trilogy Indiscretion and Masquerade, or her other Burning Embers or Echoes, at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

A troubled young journalist finds her loyalties tested when love and desire unearth dark secrets from the past.
Spring, 2010. When Luna Ward, a science journalist from New York, travels halfway across the world to work undercover at an alternative health clinic in Cadiz, her ordered life is thrown into turmoil.
The doctor she is to investigate, the controversial Rodrigo Rueda de Calderon, is not what she expected. With his wild gypsy looks and devilish sense of humour, he is intent upon drawing her to him. But how can she surrender to a passion that threatens all reason; and how could he ever learn to trust her when he discovers her true identity? Then Luna finds that Ruy is carrying a corrosive secret of his own…
Luna’s native Spanish blood begins to fire in this land of exotic legends, flamboyant gypsies and seductive flamenco guitars, as dazzling Cadiz weaves its own magic on her heart. Can Luna and Ruy’s love survive their families’ legacy of feuding and tragedy, and rise like the phoenix from the ashes of the past?
Legacy is a story of truth, dreams and desire. But in a world of secrets you need to be careful what you wish for…

Buy it Amazon UK / Amazon / Barnes and Noble

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About the Author
Hannah Fielding is an incurable romantic. The seeds for her writing career were sown in early childhood, spent in Egypt, when she came to an agreement with her governess Zula: for each fairy story Zula told, Hannah would invent and relate one of her own. Years later – following a degree in French literature, several years of travelling in Europe, falling in love with an Englishman, the arrival of two beautiful children and a career in property development – Hannah decided after so many years of yearning to write that the time was now. Today, she lives the dream: writing full time at her homes in Kent, England, and the South of France, where she dreams up romances overlooking breath-taking views of the Mediterranean.

Hannah is a multi-award-winning novelist, and to date she has published five novels: Burning Embers, ‘romance like Hollywood used to make’, set in Kenya; The Echoes of Love, ‘an epic love story that is beautifully told’ set in Italy; and the Andalusian Nights Trilogy – Indiscretion, Masquerade and Legacy – her fieriest novels yet, set in sunny, sultry Spain.
You can find Hannah online at:
Personal Website / Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads

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Meanwhile At Vicariously: WE GOT HACKED

Or, rather, my dad did something last night that allowed someone to access our wifi and get the password and info off of anything on the network. Unfortunately my phone was one of these things so, in short, I had to change all my passwords.

If you see any unusual activity on the blog, twitter, or instagram (@vicariouslybookstagram) please contact me at makeyoubec on tumblr.

I'm reposting the two posts that were supposed to go up yesterday. Have a lovely day.

<3 Rebecca and the Vicariously Team

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Meanwhile At Vicariously! : Pardon Our Progress

Oh Lord you guys it has been a long time. As it stands, after entertaining deleting the blog, Joel and I have decided we can do this and we will.

From a personal place, I hate putting anything less than my best in the world. I'm definitely a quirky type a personality. In the last year I lost my aunt (who was handicapable and my mother&father&myself took care of after my Mimi died), my sister had surprise twins, I was (and still am) fighting my way through a major depressive episode, my sister moved in with my nephews, my back problems worsened etc. Joel also had his own stuff to deal with. However, we had each other's backs. Sixteen years of friendship does that to a person.

As well as Joel and I have started working on our separate novels, I'm working on music, and we're trying to get by in day to day life.

That being said, we have finally gotten a schedule worked out and are planning on getting back into the groove in August. Spotlight Saturday will be starting up again, I will review every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Joel will be reviewing a book once a week on Wednesday and starting up an original feature: Sunday Morning Comics. He will get to cover his fave graphic novels and it is going to be spectacular. While Joel and I will still be participating in memes and upping our blog hopping game, we will also be featuring guest posts as well as essays on book life. We'll also be adding some new contributors to diversify the content on the blog and to lessen some of my stress.

We are also overhauling the blog design. It's time for a change and this blog is Joel's too. So pardon our progress.

Rebecca and Joel

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Spotlight Saturday ft. Author Tammara Webber + Giveaway

Spotlight Saturday is a feature that Rebecca came up with based off of (the now defunct blog) Singing and Reading in the Rain's feature called Blogger Interviews. However we take it a step further. We don't just interview bloggers, but get interviews from authors and readers as well. We sometimes tap people on our own, but if you'd like to be tapped please go here and follow the instructions under Spotlight Saturday. Any content used in these interviews is the property of this blog so please contact one of us and ask to use it before you do. Our e-mails are under the contact info page.  Also be sure to check out the bottom of the post to enter the giveaway :)!

Welcome to Vicariously! I'm kind of nerding out because you're one of my favorite authors to read and you allowing me to conduct this interview. Why don't you tell our readers a little bit about yourself?

In my website description, I call myself a “hopeful romantic.” Despite all the awful things that happen in the world, I still have faith in love to heal our hearts like nothing else can. Lucas’s tattoo was something I wrote for my husband several years before I wrote Easy. He’s logical and analytical while I’m sensitive and artistic, but we somehow perceive the world from different viewpoints of the same window. We support and lean on each other, and are each stronger for our relationship, not in spite of it. I try to write characters who rise above what life hands them, both on their own and with the support of someone who loves them. I want to write novels that reinforce my readers’ belief in true love.

What inspired you to be a writer?

I began writing stories when I was very young, and just never stopped. I tried to stop – when my adult self told me I was being unrealistic to want to write for a living – but the stories wouldn’t stop coming to me. With the encouragement of my BFF and my husband, I kept on. Eventually, one of the books I wrote went out into the world and found readers, and I accepted that being idealistic is part of being a writer.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Spotlight Saturday ft. Author Liz Lazarus

Spotlight Saturday is a feature that Rebecca came up with based off of (the now defunct blog) Singing and Reading in the Rain's feature called Blogger Interviews. However we take it a step further. We don't just interview bloggers, but get interviews from authors and readers as well. We sometimes tap people on our own, but if you'd like to be tapped please go here and follow the instructions under Spotlight Saturday. Any content used in these interviews is the property of this blog so please contact one of us and ask to use it before you do. Our e-mails are under the contact info page. 

I'm really excited about this week's feature. I was blessed enough to attend her book launch with Joel (click here to check out the recap) and review her debut novel (check that out here).

Hi Liz and welcome to Vicariously! Tell the readers a little bit about yourself.

I'm an engineer, career businesswoman, private pilot, consultant - nothing that necessarily says author - but this book literally kept nagging me to write it, so I finally relented. It’s loosely based on personal experience and a series of ‘what if’ questions. Free of Malice traces the after effects of a foiled attack; a woman healing, and grappling with the legal system to acknowledge her right to self-defense.

Free of Malice is your debut novel. Not only does it address PTSD in a very realistic manner, but it also was extremely candid about the legal side of things. What inspired you to write this novel and how much research did you do?

Like the main character, I was attacked by a stranger in my home in the middle of the night. In order to heal, I started to write about how I was feeling and what had changed in my life. At the time, I didn’t know about EMDR therapy to heal from trauma, so used writing as a catharsis. Also like the main character, all I had for self-defense was a can of Mace. After the attack, I said to my brother-in-law, a volunteer deputy, if I had owned a gun, I would have shot the guy as he left. My brother-in-law countered that I was fortunate I didn’t—as shooting a fleeing criminal might not have been a clear case of self-defense. That idea sparked my interest in learning about the criminal justice system and inspired me to write the hypothetical case portrayed in the book. Although I don’t have a law degree and am not a trained therapist, I had the great fortune to consult with a criminal defense lawyer (Alison Frutoz) and a certified EMDR therapist (Karen McCarty) to be sure those portions of the book were accurate.

Free of Malice is a bit of a love letter in a way. You drop a lot of names of places in Atlanta (some of which attended your launch). Atlanta is massive. So how do you find all these fantastic places? I need to know your secret!

Having gone to college in Atlanta, I’ve had some favorites for years, like Houston’s and Fat Matt’s. As you noted, the support for the launch party was amazing. Kelly and Matt Harper of Fat Matt’s were so gracious and brought BBQ sliders and brownies. I met the general manager of Davio’s, Claude Guillaume, who is French. Because I lived in France for 3 years, we were able have a great conversation and he immediately wanted to support the book, so I wove Davio’s into the storyline. Claude has since taken a different job but Ashley Moore and Paul Dunn stepped right in and brought their fantastic tuna tartare on a homemade chip to the launch party. One of my PR team members, had a great relationship with Joseph Drouhin wine (and I love their wine) so we put them in the book, too, and spoiled everyone with their red and white wines at the party. Allison Trueblood of Glorious Events made some delicious bullseye cookies as a hostess gift for everyone—she is a fabulous baker. So, you’re right, it’s been a “taste of Atlanta” with some of my favorites and the support from these establishments has been overwhelming!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Not So Vicarious Adventures: Free of Malice Launch Party

Hello and welcome to this edition of Not So Vicarious Adventures. We here at Vicariously really love to interact with the authors we review and interview. Sometimes we're lucky and get invited to events. This was one such fortunate occasion for Joel and myself.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Read and Review: Free of Malice by Liz Lazarus

Title: Free of Malice
Author: Liz Lazarus
Series/Standalone: Standalone
Genre: Fiction, Thriller
Summary: Laura Holland awakes in the middle of the night to see a stranger standing in her bedroom doorway. She manages to defend herself from the would-be rapist, though he threatens to return as he retreats. Traumatized with recurring nightmares, Laura seeks therapy and is exposed to a unique treatment called EMDR. She also seeks self-protection— buying a gun against the wishes of her husband. When Laura learns she could have gone to prison had she shot her fleeing assailant, she decides to write a hypothetical legal case using the details of that night. She enlists the help of criminal defense lawyer, Thomas Bennett, who proves to be well versed in the justice system but has an uncanny resemblance to her attacker. As the two work together to develop the story, Laura’s discomfort escalates particularly when Thomas seems to know more about that night than he should. Reality and fiction soon merge as her real life drama begins to mirror the fiction she’s trying to create.

Buy it From: Barnes and Noble / Amazon

Summary:  I needed to take a walk after I read this book. Some things hit too close to home and entirely too close for comfort. I had to sort through my feelings for a bit, after which I realized:

I'm very very very glad Ms. Lazarus wrote this book.