Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Between Friends Tour with Review and Guest Post

Book Review & Guest Post
June 9, 2013
Between Friends 
by: Amanda Cowen
4 Stars ★★★★

Blurb ~  The only way to have a friend is to be one…especially between the sheets…

When neurotically challenged and unlucky in love Megan Daniels, is propositioned by her life-long friend Ben Romano with a coin toss (heads, they sleep together, tails they don’t) the night before they are about to attend a destination wedding, she drunkenly accepts his challenge. But when Megan wakes up the next morning with a bad hang-over and Ben in her bed, she is more than mortified. It isn’t until the tropical heat begins to ignite emotions Megan never ever believed she could possibly have, that she starts to question if risking their friendship is the answer to finding true love.

This was a cute story about a bet changing everything between friends. Megan and Ben know each other better than most married couples. When Ben makes a bet that the two sleep together Megan jumps on board and wakes up in the morning hung-over and with Ben in her bed. As the two prepare to travel to a tropical locale to help a friend get married the stage has just been set.

Megan is in complete denial the next morning. She wants to forget the whole thing and move on. Unfortunately Ben’s eyes have been opened and he sees what he’s been missing and he wants more. The two hide behind their friends wedding as they explore their feelings and ultimately try to decide if they even can. All the while Megan’s friend Jessica, the bride and total bridezilla, runs around telling her what to do. There was nothing about her friend that was redeemable, I could not understand how she was either getting married nor how she survived the long trip there without someone throwing her off the boat or out of the plane.

Megan fears Ben mostly because of his past and man-whorish ways. The two have typical communication problems because neither wants to admit what they want or what their scared of. This creates some interesting island moments and an even more interesting wedding for their mutual friend. I enjoyed Between Friends and was glad when Ben and Megan were able to put their friendship back together and start an amicable relationship. The struggle as the two found balance was certainly entertaining.

**Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page will be entered to win a $20 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of Between Friends before  August 19 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.

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Author Bio:
Amanda Cowen can be found eating cupcakes, singing off-key, or watching a good RomCom when she isn't trapped on her computer writing stories and delighting her imagination. She has been writing since the ripe age of twelve about ponies and princesses in brightly colored duo-tangs with metallic pens. Thankfully, she now has a Mac with a keyboard where she can write about love, sex and relationships. She is an "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" fanatic, a hater of roller-coasters and a country music junkie. She lives in Thunder Bay, ON where the summers are short and the winters are long.

Amanda loves to hear from her readers! You can contact her via her website, www. amandacowen.com, become a fan on Facebook, follow her on Goodreads, or visit her blog.

**Guest Post with Amanda Cowen**
Finding Your Voice: Writing in First Person (or Third)

Deciding which point-of-view to use when writing a novel, is probably one of the most difficult decisions a writer has to make. The POV is so important to a storyline, by either allowing the readers to get into the characters’ heads, or letting the reader know things that the characters themselves don’t even yet know. And while every writer is different, some instinctively think that storytelling should be in the "I" form.  Many writers find it easier to unfold a story from a first person point of view (my favorite style to both read and write).  Other writers want to offer readers additional insight through their writing in the third person, (he-she form).  I think that as a writer, you must find your voice through your writing style and identify your POV strengths (Do you express your writing better in first person or third?) Whatever you discover will help guide your writing and develop your story to eventually create your masterpiece!



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