#BOOKREVIEW: “French Twist” by Glynis Astie

French TwistSUMMARY:

Sydney Bennett had spent her life in pursuit of perfection. She planned, weighed her options and made careful choices based on calculated outcomes. Through all of her efforts, she had come pretty close to perfection, if she didn’t say so herself. She had fled the cold winters in New York for sunny California, found a job that she loved and lived in the same town as her sister, and best friend, Kate. The one area of perfection that had always eluded her was her love life. No matter how hard she tried, she always ended up with a broken heart. After a particularly traumatic breakup, Sydney vowed that she was done with love.

Just as Sydney threw herself into her new plan to forget about men, a handsome Frenchman tossed all of her intentions out the window as he swept her off of her feet. Louis Durand had lived a life filled with excitement and adventure. He was impetuous, intelligent and incredibly charming. So naturally, he scared Sydney half to death. From the moment they met, Louis and Sydney’s romance progressed at warp speed. Sydney did her best not to run, but her deep rooted relationship anxiety threatened to provide an easy exit. When Louis mentioned marriage before Sydney even knew his favorite color, she was more than tempted to reach for her running shoes. Will she be able to put her fears aside to follow her heart? The one thing that Sydney will learn is that sometimes perfection comes with a twist…

REVIEW:

This is a definitely a TOP NOTCH CHICK LIT novel! Glynis Astie introduces us to Sydney Bennett. I fell in love with this character. She is 27 years old, working hard, and very close to her sister, Kate. I loved knowing that this story is based on Glynis’ love story with her French husband. Knowing that it really worked out, was super cool!

At the beginning of the book, Sydney is giving up on love because her last boyfriend left with a broken heart. Then she meets, Louis Durand and everything changes. Their romance was coming to life super-fast, and it was so much fun to read about. They are going a little too fast for Sydney’s liking. But, I think their love had a life of its own.

Sydney’s life is going well in all areas but her love life. Will Louis change that?

I cannot wait to read the second book in this series, “French Toast”

5 Stars.

Be Sure to check out my interview with Glynis Astie, posted this past Friday! She is too fun!

#Interview & #Giveaway: Meet the awesome Glynis Astie, author of the “French Twist Series”!

Glynis head shotMeet Glynis Astie, and enter for a chance to win one of 2 Sets of eBooks! A very generous Giveaway! My review will be posted this weekend for her first book, French Twist! She writes a great story. Please comment below for your chance at the Giveaway!

Annie: First, I’d like to say that I cannot wait to read about you and your husband meeting, etc.  This is going to be fun, I can tell! I loved the first book in your series, and cannot wait to read the other two! We are going to be great friends! 🙂

I also love how your covers are unique, and stand out in a way that says “this is a book by Glynis Astie!!French Twist small

Q:  When did you realize you were a novelist? 

I’ve never actually had that “aha!” moment. After my second son was born, it became clear I would stay at home with my boys-since paying for daycare would take the majority of my salary. One night, I had a dream that I wrote a book–which was totally bizarre, since I had never aspired to be a novelist. The thought kept nagging me, so after a few weeks, I gave in and began writing my ideas down. Three months later, I had a book! It was amazing! 

Annie: I cannot believe that you wrote a book in 3 months. That is amazing! You are definitely a natural!

Q:  As you would gear up for your book releases, what was French Toast smallthe most exciting part(s) for you?

I LOVE revealing the cover. My sister is an amazing graphic artist and she very patiently translates my ideas into the final product. (I’m extremely jealous of her. She got all the talent in the family!) Books are definitely judged–at least initially–by their covers and she gives me a great way to pull readers in. Then it’s up to me to capture them with my glowing wit!

Annie: I say you have a talented family! That is great! 

Q:  Will you always write stories based on your real life events?  Is that your favorite topic to explore? 

Since my career as an author began accidentally as a way to tell the world about my whirlwind romance with a sexy, intelligent and charismatic Frenchman, my first three books were based on my real life. The book I’m currently writing is *gasp* complete fiction. I’m a little nervous, but mostly excited. It’s quite freeing to invent a story from start to finish, having your characters follow a path you never expected. And not having to worry about your family being annoyed with how you represented them in a book? Priceless.

Annie: I am in love with your love story!!! Knowing that it comes from a real love story is so cool! 

Q:  Is there an author that you feel resonates with you and your writing style? 

I’m a huge fan of wacky heroines, so I identify with Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding. Becky Bloomwood and Bridget Jones made me laugh harder than I had in a long time! I’ve been told by a few readers that I remind them of Janet Evanovich with my casual tone and asides to the reader. I was truly humbled by these comments and have added many French Fry smallof her books to my reading list.

Annie: I can see how your writing style is like Helen Fielding…Definitely as much fun to read, too! 

Q: When do you typically write?  Where do you write?  Set this up for us… 

I’m a stay-at-home mom, so writing time is extremely difficult to find. I have two very active boys who keep me on my toes! Most of my writing takes place while they are in school, since I lack the ability to rise before the sun and my brain is no longer capable of logical thought after they go to bed. As far as where I write…brace yourself! Most of my writing takes place while sitting on my couch. How’s that for exciting? Perhaps I spent too many years behind a desk and my body now craves the comfort of fluffy furniture to allow my creativity to flow. Whatever the reason, it works for me!Glynis with Cat 

Here is Glynis with her Feline Advisor!

Q:  May I ask who your favorite authors are?  Books? 

I have been a fan of Lucy Maude Montgomery for years. I wanted to be Anne and move to Green Gables. As mentioned earlier, I love Sophie Kinsella and Helen Fielding as well as Jennifer Weiner and Jane Green. I also enjoy mysteries and suspense, with Agatha Christie as my absolute favorite author.

Annie: Ok, you had me at Anne at Green Gables! I need to reread that book. and, I must read Sophie Kinsella…I have the books, but have not read them yet…Same with Jennifer Weiner. I love Jane Green!!  

Q:  What is your favorite part of being an author? 

Making my readers laugh, hands down. When I read a review where the person mentions laughing out loud while reading one of my books, I have a smile on my face all day. I crack myself up often as I write, but it’s much better to elicit such a reaction from a complete stranger. 🙂

Annie: Consider yourself accomplished! I was laughing out loud! 

Q:  When can we expect your next book?  Do you want to tell us a little bit about it?

My plan is to release my next book in the spring of 2016. I have decided to add a small element of fantasy to my chick lit this time. It won’t be like anything you’ve read before!

Annie: Very excited!! 

Q:  Do you have hobbies outside of writing? 

Many! I love to bake. I’m constantly trying out new cupcake, cookie, brownie–pretty much every kind of sweets–recipes. Since I love baking so much I spend a lot of time exercising. I read often and watch far too much TV for my own good. I’m a total Netflix junkie.

Lastly, Book or eBook?? 

This is a tough question to answer. Nothing can replace the feel of a book in your hands. I love the smell of the fresh ink and the feel of the pages in my hand as I turn them. However, I’m a voracious reader (which helps to explain why it takes me so long to release a new book) and I thoroughly enjoy having a variety of books at my disposal while I’m out and about. I spend a lot of time in various waiting rooms and never know what kind of book I will be in the mood for. (That’s right! I live on the edge and read more than one book at a time.) In addition, my purse is already weighed down with my two sons’ various accoutrements and my Kindle is lighter than an actual book! Practicality wins out for me.

Annie: Thank you for taking the time to let us all get to know you better….I am excited to see who wins your Giveaways! This is a great prize! #SPRINKLELOVE

~~Author Bio~~

Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien, in six short months. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast and the final installment in the series, French Fry.

When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.

 

#SPOTLIGHT: “French Toast” & “French Fry” by Glynis Astie

French ToastBE SURE TO JOIN US TOMORROW FOR MY INTERVIEW WITH HER, AND HER GIVEAWAY!!

FRENCH TOAST:

Sydney Bennett is back! And her pursuit of perfection is alive and well. Naïve to the core, Sydney believed that when she finally married the man of her dreams, the hard part was over. Following a civil ceremony as a means to keep Louis from being deported, Sydney continues to plan the fairytale wedding that she had dreamed of since the age of five. Much to her chagrin, she discovers that her mother-in-law is planning what seems to be a rival wedding in France that SHE has been dreaming about for her only child since before he was born. How will poor Sydney be able to ensure two perfect weddings in the midst of Louis’ fruitless job search? Especially when her mother-in-law’s idea of perfection appears to be having Sydney embarrass herself in front of hundreds of French people that she has never met?
As if she didn’t have enough on her mind already, Sydney finds herself faced with the trials and tribulations of being a wife. Sydney had always heard that marriage was hard, but she thought that this was just a ruse that married couples portrayed in a bid to make single girls feel less desperate. But as the bills pile up and emotions run high, she realizes that there may just be some truth to this statement. And as she watches Louis’ perfection fade away before her very eyes, she begins to wonder if she made a rash decision in marrying a man that she had known for a mere six months.
With all of the obstacles that Sydney and Louis will encounter, will they be raising their glasses in celebration or watching their impulsive marriage crash and burn? One thing is for certain, Sydney and Louis Durand are headed for one hell of a toast…

French FryFRENCH FRY:

Sydney Durand had finally achieved the perfect life she had always wanted. After a whirlwind romance with a charming Frenchman, she endured the three weddings it required to satisfy the members of the newly formed Bennett-Durand clan. All she had left to do was stroll into the sunset with Louis to enjoy their long-awaited happily ever after.

But everything changed when the stick turned blue. Suddenly, Sydney finds herself facing the daunting task of becoming a mother before she has even returned home from her honeymoon. Keeping a tenacious hold on her hard-won happiness, Sydney is determined not to give up without a fight – no matter what or who is thrown in her path…and that includes an overbearing mother-in-law, a know-it-all father and her own anxiety about having a baby.

Will she finally be able to tame her neuroses for the sake of her unborn child? Or will her hormone-induced panic cause a meltdown of epic proportions? One thing is clear: Sydney and Louis’ nerves are going to fry…

#SPOTLIGHT ~ “French Twist” by Glynis Astie

French TwistThis week we will be learning more about author, Glynis Astie…Author of the French Twist Series!  Her Interview and a wonderful Giveaway will be live on Friday, so be sure to check back!

SUMMARY:

Sydney Bennett had spent her life in pursuit of perfection. She planned, weighed her options and made careful choices based on calculated outcomes. Through all of her efforts, she had come pretty close to perfection, if she didn’t say so herself. She had fled the cold winters in New York for sunny California, found a job that she loved and lived in the same town as her sister, and best friend, Kate. The one area of perfection that had always eluded her was her love life. No matter how hard she tried, she always ended up with a broken heart. After a particularly traumatic breakup, Sydney vowed that she was done with love.

Just as Sydney threw herself into her new plan to forget about men, a handsome Frenchman tossed all of her intentions out the window as he swept her off of her feet. Louis Durand had lived a life filled with excitement and adventure. He was impetuous, intelligent and incredibly charming. So naturally, he scared Sydney half to death. From the moment they met, Louis and Sydney’s romance progressed at warp speed. Sydney did her best not to run, but her deep rooted relationship anxiety threatened to provide an easy exit. When Louis mentioned marriage before Sydney even knew his favorite color, she was more than tempted to reach for her running shoes. Will she be able to put her fears aside to follow her heart? The one thing that Sydney will learn is that sometimes perfection comes with a twist…