Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.


Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
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Monday, September 19, 2016

Blog Tour/Author Interview & Giveaway for A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi

Titles: A Cunning Plan
Author: Astrid Arditi
Publication Dates: June 8, 2016
Genre: Romantic Suspense

Determined to put her family back together, Sloane Harper stalks her ex husband and his annoyingly stunning mistress, Kate Stappleton. But she’s not the only one.
Handsome IRS agent Ethan Cunning is surveying Kate too, but for entirely different reasons. He is attempting to nail Kate’s playboy boss.
Ethan and Sloane decide to help each other, which sends Sloane’s wobbly life spinning out of control. She’ll have to face danger, humiliation, and – scariest of all – the dating scene, to lure her daughters’ father home.
Losing control was the best thing to happen to Sloane…until it turned lethal.

A Cunning Plan by Astrid Arditi in 3 to 5 GIFs with comments


Tell us a little about yourself ?
I’m a mom, a dreamer, an author and a wife. I’ve got the worst sweet tooth ever and I hate exercising so I don’t make up for it. I love to travel and have lived in 4 different countries. I smile almost constantly because I believe life is wonderful and you don’t need a special reason to be happy. 

When and how did the idea for " A Cunning Plan" come about ?
I was watching an action movie with my husband and thought it would be cool for a mom like me to be a kickass fighter. Sloane is a far cry from Lara Croft but she’s stubborn, incredibly resilient and courageous although she’s not aware of her strength. She’s an everyday woman who decided to stand up for herself and the people she loves.

What was your favorite part about writing the book and is there a character you had the most fun with ?
Best part of writing to me is seeing my characters come alive. Also I was very proud of Sloane and the way she grew emotionally in the course of the story. My favorite characters are Sloane’s mom, Bizzy and her best friend/housekeeper Claudia. They are totally insane and roaringly hilarious.

Personally I love books about second chances, are there any you enjoyed reading and what ones are they ?
Well, A Cunning Plan is clearly about second chances but apart from my novel, I love Bridget Jones Diary and A Court of Fury and Mist (I’m kind of obsessed with that one actually)

Will "A Cunning Plan" become a series or is it a stand-alone book ? If a series, can you tell us more about it and what plans 
you may have for them ?
A Cunning plan is the first book in the Sloane Harper series. In the sequel, Sloane will have to learn to live with the choices she made in book 1 and embrace the new independent and strong woman she’s become. 

How long did it take to write the book and tell us a little 
about your writing process ? 
It took me three months to write the novel, mostly when my daughter was at nursery. Ideally I try to write in three-hour sessions, five days a week. With young kids it’s not always possible unfortunately. 

Who inspires you to write ? Do you have a favorite
 author you look up to ?
I write for my kids to show them that pursuing your dreams is worthwhile and for my husband who always believed in me. Janet Evanovich is my favorite author in my genre and her carrier is definitely something to look up to. 

Describe your book in 6 words
Funny, friendship, love, strength, resilience and family

When did you begin writing ?
Since I was a child. My first story was taped to the school’s walls when I was 8. I started taking myself seriously as an author when I met my husband, 6 years ago.
What do you hope readers will take away from reading this book? 
I hope I can inspire women to reach their full potential. Sloane may appear impossibly weak and submissive at first, almost unbelievably so but I do know many women who take an incredible amount of abuse because of their insecurities. 
I’m also simply hoping to give people a good time. Because sometimes you just need to laugh.

Giveaway: Two (2) $25 Amazon G.C.
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Astrid Arditi was born from a French father and Swedish mother. She lived in Paris and Rome before moving to London with her husband and daughter back in 2013.
After dabbling in journalism, interning at Glamour magazine, and teaching kindergarten, Arditi returned to her first love: writing.
She now splits her time between raising her kids (a brand new baby boy just joined the family) and making up stories. 
A Cunning Plan is Arditi’s first published work.

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