Monday 1 July 2013

Review & Giveaway ~ We are Made of Stardust (Peaches Monroe 1) by Mimi Strong

Today we have a Spotlight on We are Made of Stardust by Mimi Strong. We have a review, excerpt, a quick Q&A with the author & a Giveaway!  
Our Review:
Reviewed by Dawn ~ 5 Stars & Donna ~ 4 Stars

We have had the pleasure of reviewing one of Mimi's other books and enjoyed it so we were looking forward to this. The fact it's compared to a certain British Chick-Flick gives the impression of a fluffy read. It's anything but, it's outright hilarious here are the texts we shared whilst reading it:

"Seeing him on my TV screen made my woowoo smile. Smelling him in person made my woowoo jump up and down doing a rain dance."

Dawn; God We Are Made of Stardust is sooooo funny!
Donna; Yeah I enjoyed it. Sad at the end though.
Dawn; Oh no!!!!! Is it not a HEA???
Donna; Semi cliffy.
Dawn; Oh No!!!! ;-(
Dawn; Donna Peaches is annoying me a little!!! Why does she keep running from him??? And why did she not enjoy the s e x??? He's a god!!!!!
Donna; He is good but is he all that he seems :-( I need book 2 as I am sure he will redeem himself.
Dawn; Ah is he not what he's making out?? I'm only 47%.
Donna; He is lovely but at the end something happens, it is always at the blinking end. Lol
Dawn; Well if she stopped running away from him we wouldn't need to wait till the end!!! Lol
Dawn; Omg this book is soooooooo funny!!!!! I can't stop laughing.
Donna; It is funny Peaches is a scream.
Dawn; I've got the giggles now and have tears running down my face! Peaches is brilliant!!!!
Dawn; Donna is Dalton using Peaches ??? I'll not be happy with him!!!
Donna; Cant give anything away. How far are you?
Dawn; 66%. I'm loving him but I'm worried he's gonna hurt her. I love Peaches!!
Donna; There is something and I am worried read quicker then we can talk.
Dawn; Ok I'm finished and......Gaaaaaaaaah!!!! It can't end there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Donna; Told ya!
Dawn; I don't think it's what she thinks. I think he loves her. And he did that after he met her.
What kind of movie do u think he's making?
I want to know what her secret is that she wouldn't tell him!!
Donna; I know I want to think that too but he recited so many lines why???
Dawn; I think he said the lines then wrote that. I hope so anyway Peaches is to nice to get her heart broken. And he seemed to really care!
But then there's Aiden he's into her too and I think she still likes him! And would he be better for her??
Donna; I have so many questions too but I guess we need to wait for the next book.
Dawn; I want it NOW!!!!!!!

"Join me in the darkness, walk through my dreams, and hold my hand in the morning light."

Here's our what we said afterwards;

Dawn; I loved that Peaches wasn't your average stunning paper thin book girl she was a bubbly "curvy" girl with a lot of character with a lot of wit.
Donna; She was definitely not your stereotypical waif that we are constantly reading about!! She was curvy, she was bubbly, she was quick witted, she was ballsy, she took no s**t, she told it how it was no sugarcoat. You knew where you stood with her but she had an amazing dry sense of humour.

“You don’t know what you’re getting yourself into,” she snarled.
“Let go of me before I punch you some new freckles!”

Dawn; Yeah she was funny as hell. But you know she did annoy me that she ran from him a few times though. And I want to know what her secret is too. How do u feel about Dalton?
Donna; I think the reason she ran was because she had no self confidence, she could not believe that he would be remotely interested in her and was just waiting for him to tell her it was all a joke. She wanted to get out before he asked her to leave. Only after a few dates did she let herself believe he did actually feel something for her.
Dawn; I think he did actually feel something for her but at the same time he seemed too good to be true. he seemed to have fun with her and be himself, though except that once when he was Drake (fans face!!).
So are you team Dalton or Adrian??
Donna; Dalton Dalton Dalton, I loved him right up until the end and then I was like WTF! Personally I don't think it is as it seems but it doesn't look good. I actually thought he really really cared about Peaches and the way they were around each other was comical to read, they brought out the best in each other and complimented each other hence why I don't want to see anything happen to them.
Dawn; Totally agree. I don't think it is as it seems either but I still don't know if she will believe him if its not. When they were together they were so at ease it seemed like they'd always been together. Their banter was brilliant even in their texts to each other.

He growled in my ear, "Tell me if I'm moving too fast."
"I've been here less than a minute and you've checked out my tits and now you're frisking my ass for concealed cameras or something. I don't know, is that too fast?"

There is a tiny part of me that's holding out hope for Adrian to save the day but I want her and Dalton to work too they are so good together.
I want book 2 NOW!! 2 months is to long.
Donna; I can't wait to see where this is going, there is so much to find out still, secrets to come out the ending was cruel and a b***h...not the worst cliff hanger but one of those where you are like no no no no you cannot end it's just getting to the best bit lol.
Dawn; Yeah I hated Mimi for doing that to us (but I don't anymore)!! There are loads of questions to be answered from Mr Hot-shot-actor!!

"Lets just be two souls tonight. Two souls who are made of stardust, and made their way back to each other, the way they were destined to."

Our ratings and overall thoughts;

Dawn; So a definite 5 from me it had me in fits, it was hot and steamy, the side characters were fantastic too (her mum had tears rolling down my face) and I would recommend it to everyone I know!! How about you?
Donna; I wouldn't go to a 5 but a strong 4 from me I loved it and I cannot wait for the next one and yes I would recommend it, a light hearted, yet steamy romance a perfect blend!

Some more of our fave quotes;

"I'm the girl you ask to come over and give your cat his daily pills while your on vacation. And, by the way, I don't like the way your cat looks at me. Like even he knows I'm the dull one."

I stopped laughing, shocked by how hard and big his arm felt under my fingertips. My goodness. More food comparisons came to mind. Was I hungry or horny? I couldn't tell.

"And I'm doubly sorry to be poking my boner into your belly button while your telling me this very personal story."
Dalton's hand landed on my knee.

Hand-on-knee alert!

The hand lingered on my knee, sending delicious heat into my body, including the zesty taco zone.

“Are you okay?” he asked. “I was coming on too strong, wasn't I? I can be dramatic sometimes. Hazard of my career, I suppose. At least I'm not on a cop show, or I'd probably interrogate you or put you in handcuffs.”

I swallowed hard at the idea of handcuffs. “I'm not entirely against the idea of kissing you, but if you're going to do it, just do it. Don't tell me you're going to—”

He moved swiftly, hooking one arm behind my back so I couldn't fall off my chair or get away. His lips were on my mouth, his face in my face, and the kiss felt as right as anything had ever felt right in my life.


He gathered my lower lip between his and gently sucked as his breath warmed my face. People were still tapping silverware on glasses and encouraging people to kiss. The room swam around me, and it seemed like everyone was kissing, in the beautifully-decorated banquet room, with soft music playing and the scent of flowers and fresh bread in the air. How could you not kiss in a room like that?

Dalton pulled away, quickly looking down, as if embarrassed.

I looked at his hand on my knee and found my own hand on top of his, squeezing his thick fingers. I loosened my grip, and at thesame time, he flipped his hand to be palm up, holding my hand tenderly.

His voice husky, he leaned in toward me and said, “Thanks for letting me tag along with you today.”

“Thanks for running into my bookstore. Why were you running, anyway?”

He winced. “Stupid reporters.”

“Was it just the usual Hollywood stuff, or did you do something scandalous?”

“You mean like crash someone's wedding?”

“I guess you don't have to tell me.” I squeezed his hand and reached over with my free hand to take a sip from my second glass of wine. “I am a woman, though. And we're curious. Why don't you just tell me what's happening, so I don't have to sneak off to the ladies' room and scan through the gossip sources on my phone?”

He looked away, gazing at the newlyweds while displaying a breathtaking profile. Strong jawline, thick dark hair. That chin dimple was probably insured for a million bucks. Ugh. Even his ears were the cutest things ever, with all his cartilage folds being a thousand times more handsome than the ears of regular folks.

Where was that evil photographer? Why was he not getting more evidence of my once-in-a-lifetime handsome actor date?

I took a deep breath and let out an audible sigh—audible by accident.

Dalton turned to me with an intense look, the kind I'd seen him do on TV about a thousand times, right before he delivers a bombshell of a line.

Those gorgeous lips of his began to move. “Let's just be two souls tonight. Two souls who are made of stardust, and found theirway back to each other, the way they were destined to.”

Gulp. “And?”

“Let's wait for our table number to be called, go stand in line for roast beef, and never let each other go.” He squeezed my fingers.

The way he was looking at me. The effect he was having on my whole body, from my swollen ladylumps to my actual freakin’ heart. Two souls made of stardust? I didn't know whether to laugh or cry, so I reached for my wine and tossed it back.

Nodding, I said, “Tonight, we are two souls.”
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Q&A with Mimi Strong:

Q. Where did the idea for We are Made of Stardust come from?
A. My favorite romantic movie is Notting Hill, and I think any of us who've worked a retail job have fantasized about our favorite actor walking through the door! I think this story has been in my head for years. Most people would get so nervous, they wouldn't even speak to the actor, so I needed a girl who could hold her own and then some. Along came Peaches. She doesn't see herself as a fun girl, but oh boy is she fun.

Q. What kind of music do you listen to when you write?
A. The band that lives below me. But! Not anymore, because I've just moved. Me, Mr. Strong, and our two handsome kitties are now in a quieter neighborhood. Actually, We are Made of Stardust is the reason we moved. All that writing about quaint, quiet small town life in Beaverdale gave me a ferocious craving to move. So, in the middle of writing the book, we gave notice and started looking for a new place! I uploaded the book to Amazon about 8 hours before the movers showed up.

Q. Is the Peaches Monroe series going to be long? Is it a love triangle? Will every book end on a brutal cliffhanger?
A. I've never written a long, multi-book series. I hope that you readers will guide me. Please post reviews and talk about the book. Tell me what you'd like to see happen. I have some big, big plans, but nothing is locked in until it's published.

Q. Thong or granny panties?
A. I like a little coverage, but not so much that it sticks out above the waistband of my jeans.

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Did you know Mimi's book For You is currently on sale?

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