Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

Review: Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty

Posted March 6, 2018 by Emily in Review / 1 Comment

Review: Prancing Around with Sleeping BeautyPrancing Around With Sleeping Beauty by Stacy Juba
Series: Storybook Valley #2
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on March 5th 2018
Genres: Adult, romance
Pages: 240
Format: ebook
Source: the author
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four-half-stars

his Sleeping Beauty isn’t sure she wants to wake up…

Dance instructor Rory Callahan likes to play it safe. When she meets Kyle, he’s impulsive, persistent, and her exact opposite. He’s pushing her to tango way past her comfort zone and keeping Rory on her toes more than twenty years of dance teachers ever had.

Unfortunately, he’s the grandson of her family’s archrival and she doesn’t want to disappoint them. After all, her parents imagine her as a proper princess - hence her namesake Aurora, AKA Sleeping Beauty. Complicating matters, Rory’s also dealing with a surgeon boyfriend who’s perfect for her (sort of), an obnoxious boss, and desperate dance moms. Kyle wants to change her whole life, but Rory doesn’t like the stakes. After all, princesses are the ones who get the happy endings. . .aren’t they?

This sweet romantic comedy is a standalone and can be read on its own. All books in the series can be read in any order so jump in at any time.Welcome to Storybook Valley...Your Vacation Escape

The Storybook Valley books are the perfect beach reads. If you love small town romance, theme parks, fairy tale fun, and amazing love stories, then Storybook Valley will be your new favorite series. Look for the feel-good first novel in the series, Fooling Around With Cinderella.

I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I reviewed Fooling Around with Cinderella I talked about how it fit perfectly into my obsession with series books. I love long in-depth romance series in which all the couples are intertwined. I love how you get to see how the previous couples are still happy and progressing while you read about a new couple falling in love. Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty was a perfect continuation in this theme.

This book was so cute. I loved Rory and her penchant to play it safe. Somedays, I wish I was like that. However, when I think about my life, I’m probably more of a risk taker. I once moved across the country, 3 days after my wedding, to attend a graduate program that I wasn’t yet accepted to, in a uhaul van, with no where to move into. Everything worked out for the best but I’m definitely one to put my faith in the future and blindly jump. Rory on the other hand, is willing to put aside her own happiness for the illusion of safety. She has a wet blanket surgeon for a boyfriend and a safe job that she hates at an ultra competitive dance studio. Luckily, she also has Kyle Thorne, the grandson of a rival theme park owner and family nemesis, to shake things up.

This book was exactly what I needed. I was in a massive slump. I hadn’t read all month. Then I picked up this book and it gave me a huge burst of energy. It’s fun and energetic and bright, everything you want in a romance novel. Plus it was a hilarious, quick read. I finished it in one sitting but it’s been on my mind ever since.

About the Author

Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. Stacy is also the founder of the Glass Slipper Sisters, a group of authors with fairytale-themed romance novels. When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers) or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series.

 

four-half-stars

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#IndieMas 2016 Day Seven

Posted December 9, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie, Events and Features, Giveaway / 2 Comments

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Author S. Usher Evans created #IndieMas as a way to celebrate her favorite Indie authors.

On the seventh day of #IndieMas my author gave to me

Music and Fairy Tales
Three Books Today

Favorite Fantasies

Thrills and Romance,

Pulse Pounding Action,
 Two Adventures,
And Sci Fi and Fantasy

#IndieMas 2016 Day SevenMelophobia by James Morris
on September 22nd 2015
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 252
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Melophobia: fear or hatred of music.
The time—now; the place—America, but in a world where the government controls all forms of art and creativity. Any music sowing the seeds of anarchy is banned—destroyed if found—its creators and listeners harshly punished.
Merrin Pierce works as an undercover Patrol officer assigned to apprehend a fugitive musician who threatens the safe fabric of society, only to confront everything she thought to be true – her values, upbringing, job, and future.
Can love survive in a world without music?
Publisher’s Weekly called it “a convincing alternative history novel and…an accomplished coming-of-age love story that asks big questions about freedom and expressiveness in the face of oppression.”

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#IndieMas 2016 Day SevenZaria Fierce and the Secret of Gloomwood Forest by Keira Gillett
Series: Zaria Fierce #1
Published by Keira Gillett on March 6th 2015
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 224
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"Come here Princess, and let me eat you."
On her birthday, Zaria Fierce finds her usual path to school blocked by an ugly river-troll. At first she's surprised and curious, but then Olaf threatens to eat her, which is an act Zaria could not in good conscience consent to, so Zaria counteroffers. A deal is struck and she goes to school, but Zaria is about to learn the hard way that one does not trick a river-troll and expect to win.

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Awesome Indies: Just a Few Inches by Carrie Roberts

Awesome Indies: Just a Few Inches by Carrie Roberts

For more information, check out the Awesome Indies page Tell us about your book. Just a Few Inches tells the story of Carrie Roberts, an ordinary high school senior who undergoes an extraordinary transformation. The Valentine’s Day Dance is approaching, and she finds a beautiful red dress, but it’s unfortunately one size too small. A rival cheerleader, who happens to be her boyfriend’s ex, wanders into the store, interested in the dress. Fearing the ex would wear the dress to win back the boyfriend, Carrie buys it and tries everything she can to slim down just a few inches before the dance Ultimately, she takes more than the recommended dosage of diet pills. They seem to do the trick, but after the dance, she’s still getting smaller…not just in weight, but in HEIGHT. She tries to navigate her way through senior year as normally as possible, but the media catches wind of her story, and she becomes an internet sensation. Doctors scramble to cure her, but she keeps getting smaller… and smaller… Will her shrinking ever stop? Was this book inspired by something in particular? I was standing in the checkout line at a supermarket or drugstore when I saw the women’s magazines. Beautiful women graced the covers, but I knew that many of the images were airbrushed or doctored in various ways. As a society, we’ve become obsessed […]

Posted October 14, 2016 by Emily in Awesome Indie / 0 Comments
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