5/24/17

Crossing the Street by Molly D. Campbell GIVEAWAY!



5 Stars!

ABOUT THE BOOK -
This wasn’t the way Beck Throckmorton had planned it. She wasn’t expecting to find herself in her thirties writing erotica and making flat whites for a living while she stewed over that fact that her ex had wound up with her sister. She never saw herself living in a small suburban Ohio town with an octogenarian neighbor best friend. And she definitely wouldn’t have imagined the eight-year-old great-granddaughter of that friend turning her world upside down.
As summer comes around, Beck’s life is unsettled in every way. And that’s before the crazy stuff starts: the sister taunting her with her pregnancy, the infuriatingly perfect boyfriend, the multiple trips to the emergency room. The needy, wise-beyond-her-years little girl finding places in her heart that Beck didn’t even know existed.
Beck has found herself at an emotional intersection she never anticipated. And now it’s time to cross the street.
CROSSING THE STREET is a funny, touching novel that brims life’s complexities. Filled with characters both distinctive and welcomingly familiar, it is a story that will entertain and enlighten.

 

Read an excerpt:

My life isn’t exactly bright and shiny. My name is Rebecca Throckmorton. I live in a small town, and I muddle along as best I can. Four scenes from my world:
Scene one: I am at the grocery store. Aimlessly wandering down the produce aisle, looking at the grocery list, as usual, in my mother’s elegant hand. What the hell is a rutabaga, and why do we need one? Suddenly, I see my father, who is long gone from our family—divorce. He is wearing a gold golf shirt, his khaki slacks, crisp and unwrinkled. His hair from the back is a bit silvery, as I am sure it would be after being away from our family for all these years. My heart lurches—He’s back! He came back! I abandon my cart and nearly bowl over a woman studying kiwis, knocking the one in her hand to the ground. I don’t even stop to apologize, because my dad. I come up behind him, breathe in his cologne—yup, Eau de Sauvage. I reach out to touch his shoulder, and he turns around. I gasp. The man is definitely not Dexter Throckmorton. Instead of a Roman nose, this guy has a schnozz. There is awful hair growing out of his nostrils. His eyes are not velvety and black, like my father’s—they are a watery gray and clouded with cataracts. He hears me gasp and asks, “Do I know you?” I abandon the rutabaga and rush out of the store, grocery list still crushed between my fingers.
Scene two: My sister’s wedding. I am wearing a sleeveless, misty green satin dress with two small lines of silver sequins along the bodice. The misty green is reflected in my coloring and makes me look slightly vomitous. I feel about to vomit, since my sister Diana is marrying my former boyfriend, Bryan Dallas, who stands at the end of the aisle, beaming, his horn rims polished so highly I worry that he might start a fire with their refractions into the balcony. As D comes down the aisle on my mother’s arm (see divorce, above), my mother looking for all the world like an aging Audrey Hepburn in a slender tube of taupe silk, I look down at my bouquet and stifle the impulse to hurl it in my sister’s smug, highly-made-up-with-false-eyelashes-and-dewy-lip-gloss face.
Scene three: Me and my girlfriend, Ella Bowers. I sit with her in front of the TV. We like to watch really old reruns of Lawrence Welk that I found for her on the Family Network. Ella pats down her soft, fluffy lavender white hair, and every time Myron Floren comes on comments how much her mother “just loved that man and his accordion.” I nod and agree, because I don’t intend to hurt her feelings—Ella is eighty-three, and I don’t want her to get riled up and have a stroke. I notice my cut glass tumbler of iced tea is empty, and I offer to go into the kitchen of her cozy bungalow and get us each some more.
Scene four: My day job and what really pays the bills. I get home from my part-time job at Starbucks at four. I stretch, try to do the downward facing dog, and fail, as usual, about three quarters of the way down. My cat, Simpson, ambles over for a purr, and then I go and pee, change into sweats, and sit down at my computer, where I pound out a scene in which four orgasms occur within the space of twenty minutes between Travis and Crystal, who are extremely talented genitally. My latest book, Boys on the Beach, is under contract and due at my publisher in two months. When I think about this, sweat pools into the cups of my bra, because I am behind schedule, and erotica pays the bills, not venti lattes.
There you have it.
 

Molly D. CampbellAuthor Bio:

Molly D. Campbell is a two-time Erma Bombeck Writing Award winner and the author of one previous novel, Keep the Ends Loose. Molly blogs at http://mollydcampbell.com. Also an artist, Molly’s work can be found at http://www.cafepress.com/notexactlypicasso. Molly lives in Dayton with her accordionist husband and four cats.

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MY THOUGHTS -
This book was impressive. This was so much more that I thought it was going to be. After the first couple of chapters I was not too sure - but seriously the more I read the more I loved it!

This book is funny and quirky. I just loved the characters.
Beck - Single and childless (by choice). A tough woman! Cool, funny and very snarky! She was sarcastic to the point of almost being rude - OK she was rude sometimes, but they had it coming! I loved Beck!
Ella - Beck's neighbor across the street and her 83 yr old BFF. Sweet, funny, spunky old woman.
Gail - Beck's other BFF. I love the way she kept "reality checking" Beck (she needed it!
Bob (aka Roberta) - Adorable great granddaughter of Ella. Bob's father has been deployed to the Middle east so she is staying with Ella. Bob is wise beyond her years! She also becomes BFF's with Beck (and is a lot smarter that Beck at times... a lot of the time).
Rowena - The loser, runaway, drug addict mother of Bob.
Claire, Diana, Bryan, Theo - Beck's mother, sister, and ex (currently her sister's husband!! yep), and guy Beck is dating, in that order.
OH! and can't forget Simpson (aka Simpy) the cat!!!! - Love!

Take all these wonderful characters and a lot of drama and you have the recipe for a "novel success"! I giggled, I laughed out loud, and I also did a lot of crying! There is a lot of stuff goig on in this book. Holy cow, you don't get to rest for a minute.

The ending - Ha!!!!!!!!! I knew it!!!!!!  :-)
And that's all I'll say about that.

I voluntarily posted this review after receiving a copy of this book from Providence Book Promotions  Thank You!

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5 comments:

  1. I absolutely loved this book and am hoping there is a sequel in the future.

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  2. Thank you so much for the wonderful review! 🍭🌸🍡

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    1. Well this was just my kind of book.
      I am definitely looking forward to more from you in the future.
      You will be on my list of authors to watch!

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  3. I would absolutely love to read this book!

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