Book Review: Tess In Boots by Courtney Rice Gager

Tess in BootsTitle: Tess in Boots
Author: Courtney Rice Gager
Publisher: Anaiah Press
Release Date: December 2, 2014

Book Summary:

Tess Dougherty plans every aspect of her life right down to the last detail. But she doesn’t plan on running her boyfriend off by bringing up the topic of marriage before he’s ready. And she doesn’t plan to lose her job on the day she’s set to receive a huge promotion. So when her perfect world unravels, Tess makes a new plan: disappear.

Tess packs her bags and leaves her city apartment for a remote vineyard in North Carolina. At first, she’s put off by the slow pace of small-town life in the South. She’s especially irritated by Thatcher, the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand. But she soon begins to appreciate the area’s charm, and Thatcher’s charm, too. She even swaps her trademark heels for a pair of cowboy boots. As Tess spends more time getting to know Thatcher, she finds herself loosening her grip on her old life little by little. Unfortunately, things on the vineyard aren’t as simple as they seem. There’s a secret here, and when the truth comes to light, Tess is forced to reconsider every plan she’s ever made.

Anita's Review 2

Oh. My. How I loved Tess in Boots. It was a just right kind of read; not over the top, but enough awwwwe moments. My romantic heart was a happy camper reading this book.

I loved Tess. Loved. Her. Like so many of us (okay probably just me) she seemed to have it all together until she woke up to discover she was a mess. In this case, that turned out to be good. She decided to take a chance, some risks, and let go a bit. I think there are times to follow your head and times to follow your heart. I loved that Tess reminded us of that.

Then there’s Thatcher, ‘the vineyard’s smart-mouth, dimple-faced farmhand’. Wow. Two leading characters I loved. Thatcher warms my heart. Even though he has his own issues, I love that he really sees Tess. The witty banter between the two is happy. The author drew me into Thatcher by making him a flawed but teachable character.

Finally, we have the boots. Good golly Molly what a fun addition they make (uh, you’re gonna have to read the book cause I’m not ruining that for you). Clever. That’s my take on them. (Sigh)

5 stars

Rating: 5 HUGE Stars

Content: Kisses

Source: ebook for review


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Pillars of Fire by Laurice E. Molinari – Interview & Giveaway

Pillars of Fire


Pillars of Fire (1)Pillars of Fire by Laurice E. Molinari

After Vero Leland discovered his true identity in book one, he must continue to maintain his life on earth as a regular 12-year-old kid, which is hard to do when you are really a fledgling, a guardian angel in training to become one of the fiercest of all angels. At any moment, he could be called to the Ether, the spiritual realm surrounding the earth, where he must face whatever trials come his way in angel school, aka C.A.N.D.L.E. (the Cathedral of Angels for Novice Development, Learning and Edification). In book two, part of Vero s training involves the Angel Trials, a set of three challenges where he and his group of fellow fledglings compete with angels from other realms.

But while he is competing in the Ether, back on earth his sister is in trouble. She has a new friend who is leading her down the wrong path. During the third trial, Vero realizes he must choose between saving his sister or winning his competition. But the attack on Clover is only a means to get to Vero, and he finds himself face-to-face with an evil even greater than what he experienced in the Bottomless Pit. Once again, he is tested beyond what any previous fledgling has endured, and how the battle ends will affect not only his grade in C.A.N.D.L.E., but also the fate of the world.”


About the Author:

Laurice Elehwany Molinari, a veteran film and TV writer in Hollywood for over two decades, has penned over thirty scripts for various studios and networks. Her very first feature script, written while a fellow at the American Film Institute, became Columbia Picture’s critically acclaimed children’s classic, My Girl. She went on to pen The Brady Bunch Movie and The Amazing Panda Adventure. Laurice lives with her husband and two children in Los Angeles, the City of Angels, where her lifelong love for our heavenly guardians inspired her to write a book about them.


Favorite Authors:

JK Rowling, Harper Lee, Anna Quindlen, Jane Austin


Favorite Books:

The Space Between Us, Sarah’s Key, One True Thing, A Lesson Before Dying


Favorite Literary Characters:

Scout, Owen Meany, Mrs. Bennet


Things that inspire you:

Both great books and lousy books (if they can get published…)


Books you are dying to read:

My memoir (I’d love to see how it all turns out)


Books that made you want to become a writer:

To Kill A Mockingbird, of course.


Bookish Pet Peeves:

Love the smell of a book


Pieces of Advice for aspiring writers:

Just do it!  Follow your dreams!  Be passionate about your writing! (But do have a backup plan)


Places you most want to travel to:



Favorite Snacks:

Snyder’s Pretzels


Favorite Movie/TV Shows:

The Trip to Bountiful, Game of Thrones (Polar opposites – what does that say about me?”)



Things you wished you knew before you published:

Have the entire series written beforehand


Places you would consider paradise:

Los Angeles in the 1930s and 40s


Foods you wish you could eat and never gain a pound:

The Golden Corral buffet


Things that bring a smile to your face:



Words you try not to use:

Swear words


Words you love:

Sure, Mom, I’ll get right on it.


Places you’d like to take your laptop and write:

A cabin in the middle of a snowstorm


Books you have in your library:

“On Writing” by Stephen King


Books you’d like to rewrite the ending to:

To Kill A Mockingbird – I’d like to keep it going – I want to know what happened after Jem woke up


Books they should make into movies:

Besides the Ether series?


Favorite desserts:

Sr. Catherine Florence’s brownies


Ten Tunes you have on your iPod:

1.Hallelujah, 2.In the Arms of an Angel, 3.Single Ladies, 4.Radioactive, 5-10.various Carpenters’ songs


Books that inspired you in your life:

Once again, To Kill a Mockingbird


Favorite City:



Words that describe yourself:

Cheerful, optimistic, diligent, patient, pleasant (although my family might have a different view…)


Pieces of advice you would tell the ‘teen’ you:

Two words – Berkshire Hathaway


Games you like to play:

Mind games!  Kidding…monopoly with my son


Movies you never want to see again:

Dumb and Dumber, Forest Gump, Eyes Wide Shut, Jack and Jill


Movie you watch over and over:

About Schmidt

A Christmas Story


Things you have in your purse now:

Neosporin, Band-Aids, Tums, leaky pens, never enough cash


Favorite series:

Harry Potter


Stand Alone Books:

Pride and Prejudice


Time wasters:

Surfing the net to see what celebrities used to look like in high school/Anything Kardashian


Pet Peeves:

When hosts/hostesses make you wait at a restaurant even though you see several open tables, the price of teeth whitening strips



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