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3 Reasons Why you Should Read THE SWEET LIFE by Sharon Struth #sale #TheSweetLife #99centbooks

Happy 2018!

I’m popping in to announce a sale on The Sweet Life, series book one. For a limited time it’s only 99 cents* (e-book only)!

Now, why would you want to read The Sweet Life I’ll give you three reasons why. But first, here’s the book’s cover blurb:

In Italy, the best attractions are always off the beaten path . . .
Mamie Weber doesn’t know why she survived that terrible car accident five years ago. Physically, she has only a slight reminder—but emotionally, the pain is still fresh. Deep down she knows her husband would have wanted her to embrace life again. Now she has an opportunity to do just that, spending two weeks in Tuscany reviewing a tour company for her employer’s popular travel guide series. The warmth of the sun, the centuries-old art, a villa on the Umbrian border—it could be just the adventure she needs.

But with adventure comes the unexpected . . . like discovering that her entire tour group is made up of aging ex-hippies reminiscing about their Woodstock days. Or finding herself drawn to the guide, Julian, who is secretly haunted by a tragedy of his own, and seems to disapprove any time she tries something remotely risky—like an impromptu scooter ride with a local man.

As they explore the hilltop towns of Tuscany, Mamie knows that when this blissful excursion is over, she’ll have to return to reality. But when you let yourself wander, life can take some interesting detours . . .

3 Reasons Why You Should Read The Sweet Life

#1.   One editorial reviewer wrote: “If Eat, Pray, Love and If It’s Tuesday This Must Be Belgium had a love child, it would probably be this book. The Sweet Life has that element of searching for one’s bliss mixed in with the whirlwind tour aspects (a small whirlwind) as that long-ago comedy movie.” (Reading Reality.)

Mamie Weber, our heroine, struggles for normalcy after the loss of her husband and daughter to a car crash that she survived. When her employer offers to send her to Tuscany to review a tour run by Wanderlust Excursions, she takes it. She’s beginning to see how squandering the life she’d been spared is an injustice to the loved ones she lost. Little does she know what she’s about to walk into…

View from Siena Tower

#2.  A second reviewer states: “I liken this read to a cross between Under the Tuscan Sun and My Life in Ruins.  Mamie is reaching for an uncertain future, while Julian is hiding from his past. As we travel with this wildish and wizened group (to include the Woodstock Wanderers), we get a history of some of Italy’s greatest known landmarks as well as a peek at those places one can only discover by walking off the beaten path…sort of like the way we find OUR true selves and, in the case of our leads, the power of forgiveness.” (Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers)

Let me take a minute to talk about the Woodstock Wanderers, a group of Woodstock survivors who hire Wanderlust Excursions to show them the wonder of Tuscany. Mamie is assigned to review the tour. The tour’s director is reluctant to let her join them, for valid reasons. But the Wanderers welcome her like she’s their long-lost daughter, chant for Julian to let her join the group– despite the fact she didn’t attend Woodstock (not even born yet!). The Wanderers are a colorful group, who befriend Mamie and secretly watch the growing bond between Mamie and Julian. Over the course of their journey, Mamie learns from her older friends, paying attention to the wisdom that comes with age and the power of love found in decades together.

Here’s an excerpt of the Wanderers, trying to convince Julian to let Mamie stay on the tour bus:

Siena Duomo

#3.  Here’s a third reason to pick up this book… The reader takes a journey through Tuscany. No passport, flying, or packing required 🙂

Visit the sun-doused hill towns of Siena, San Gimignano and Lucca (to name a few), or the famous city of Florence—home to the powerful Medici family who ruled for many years— where you will find medieval treasures like Michelangelo’s David. You’ll travel scenic roadways, passing slender cypress trees lining a road leading to an old villa. And you’ll sample some of the regions gastronomic delights. Simple. Delicious. Dishes with pasta, beans, garlic, tomato. Tender wild boar. A wedge of romano, sharp and salty. I’m stopping now, before I gain ten pounds just thinking about the delicious foods found in this region.

If you this sounds like a trip you’d like, take advantage of this limited time sale on The Sweet Life (e-book) for 99 cents.

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*Sale ends March 18, 2018

100 eBook Giveaway of Series Book Two!

Willow’s Way 

(releases 4/17/18)

Kensington Publishing is giving away 100 e-book copies of the second book in this series. Giveaway ends 2/26/18.

Here’s a little about Willow’s Way…

Releases 4/18 – Available for
Pre-order now!

The breathtaking promise of the English countryside can lift even the heaviest spirits . . . 
Willow Armstrong, the once-famous “Queen of Weight Loss” and president of Pound Busters, succumbed to stress eating after her divorce. Now the scandal of getting caught on camera binging on pizza, and the internet-wide mocking of her new curves, may destroy her career. Add in a business advisor who drained her finances, and Willow is out of options—until she learns she’s inherited a house in England’s most picturesque locale, The Cotswolds.
Willow’s trip across the pond to sell the property and salvage her company soon becomes its own adventure: the house, once owned by grandparents she never met, needs major work. Plus, single dad Owen Hughes, the estate’s resident groundskeeper and owner of a local tour outfit, isn’t thrilled about the idea of leaving . . .
Yet as Willow proceeds with her plans, she’s sidetracked by surprising discoveries about her family’s history–and with Owen’s help, the area’s distinctive attractions. Soon, she’s even retracing her roots—and testing her endurance—amid the region’s natural beauty. And the more she delves into the past, the more clearly she sees herself, her future, and the way home . . .



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