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Book Birthday & Giveaway: These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen

Happy Book Birthday to These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen.

Three unique young women each stand on the brink of success in life but all carry a secret that threatens to consume them and destroy any chance they may have at the achievement of their most treasured goals including the ability to be open up and forge meaningful friendships with the women around them.

In her newest novel Sarah Pekkanen explores the bonds we create with those truly special women in our lives. The ones who help make and shape who we are and who we will become, those that will catch us when we falter and play leading parts in the moments that define our lives.  These are the women who become our deepest confidantes and true chosen sisters in life.

The ever ambitious Cate seems to have all she could dream of as she ascends to the position of Features Editor at Gloss magazine but a secret from her past threatens to expose what she views as her unworthiness for this highly coveted position. Other complications arise when her boss begins to make advances towards her which not only cause office gossip but also make Cate wonder what got her her position in the first place. Will her past catch up with her or will her constant vigilance to cover her tracks allow her to keep her dream job even at the highest of costs?

Renee is a woman on a mission to not only attain her personal weight goals for her seemingly always resistant body but to also achieve what she views as an acceptable image of a woman in the New York magazine world. As an out of this world motivation she seeks to also ascend to the newly opened position of Beauty Editor at Gloss.  While attractive with a voluptuous figure that many women would covet, Renee feels the undeniable pressure to lose weight and decides no price is too high to achieve her goals and possibly attract the man of her dreams. As the numbers on the scale begin to fall so do Renee’s ability to keep a hold of reality. Who will catch her when she literally falls?

Abby is a girl on the run from her past. Deeply distraught, confused and about to completely collapse from an emotional experience of gigantic proportions, she seeks out her journalist brother Trey whom she has always found comfort with to help make things better. However this time big brother may not be able to offer the solace or compassion Abby needs. Family secrets, a lost love and a deep depression all threaten to tear Abby apart and leave her destitute without a confidante in the world. Can she truly open up to the two women who come to her rescue or will her silence keep her locked in a prison of her own making forever?

As each women battles her own past, present and future, friendship rears it’s inspirational head and bonds are formed that may rescue all if only the women can put down their barriers and trust in one another and the support that surrounds them. Powerful, moving and inspiring These Girls offers a look into the world of true female friendships allowing readers to see the power and love that can be contained within.

Sarah Pekkanen has once again created characters that are not only relatable but real in every sense of the word. These women have faults, secrets and fears that many women may share. These women represent the average reader and allow for an absolutely intimate personal reading experience.  Cate, Renee and Abby all represent a type of woman a reader might be or one they most definitely know.

Fresh, surprising and as always innovative These Girls by Sarah Pekkanen is a novel to be shared with best friends and talked over late into the night. It is a work that can strengthen bonds already formed and encourage women to take that leap of faith and discover the undeniably sacred benefits of true friendship among women. Well though out and beautifully written it is a novel of meaning and encouragement within which each woman can find not only themselves but each other.

 Book Giveaway

In celebration of the release of These Girls Stiletto Storytime is excited to be able to offer a giveaway of one copy to one very lucky reader. This giveaway will end midnight EST April 24, 2012. US/Canada addresses only please. Winner will be contacted by e-mail.

Friendship plays such a central role in These Girls. The novel really demonstrates how another person can not only support and be there for you through thick and thin but also maybe even save you at times. To enter simply share what friendship means to you or share a special friendship that you cherish in your life. Was there a time when that one amazing person or group of friends truly changed your life like Cate, Renee and Abby? Perhaps you’re lucky enough to have a special friend who is always there, someone who not only is a support system but truly a person who holds a piece of your heart? Someone you feel maybe even makes you a better person when all is said and done.

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Book Birthday: Skipping a Beat by Sarah Pekkanen

Welcome to my very first “Book Birthday” here at Stiletto Storytime. This is the beginning of what I hope to be a regular event in which I will spotlight a new release on it’s publication date or “Book Birthday”.  Each “Book Birthday” will also include my honest review of the book and a chance to win a copy of the new release. Sound good? Well without further ado…here is our first “Book Birthday” on Stiletto Storytime….

Happy Book Birthday to Sarah Pekkanen’s Skipping a Beat!

Not many individuals get a second chance at life. Julia Dunhill is thankful when her husband survives a very close brush with death but as life after the incident continues she soon finds her marriage may never be the same.

While Julia and Michael have been together for years recently their marriage has begun to change in ways neither could ever have predicted. It seems as their star was rising financially and socially, their relationship was deteriorating before their very eyes. When Julie looks around she sees all the trappings of wealth and luxury that Michael’s multi-million dollar beverage company have afforded them but she also sees very little of her husband. In the last few years they have grown apart as business and everyday demands became the focus of their days. But all this changes dramatically when Michael suffers cardiac arrest in the middle of a board meeting and sees a glimpse of the other side.

The recovered Michael is a new man. A man who wants to give away his fortune, their home and all the things he worked so tirelessly for.  While appreciative her husband survived, Julie cannot imagine what could make him take such drastic measures. How will they live if Michael gives away their home and all their savings? What will they do with themselves at this point in their lives if they must start from scratch? Beyond the financial situation Julia must also finally be honest and admit that perhaps their marriage was over long ago.

In a work that mirrors real life in its complexity and scope, Skipping a Beat is novel of mesmerizing quality and unique depth rarely seen in modern commercial fiction.  Exploring friendship, marriage and the multitude of emotions individuals in relationships experience as they travel the road of life together, Pekkanen creates characters that connect with readers beyond the page. The intensity of the characters in Skipping a Beat and engaging plot speak to Pekkanen’s growth as a writer since her debut novel: The Opposite of Me. Fans of the writer and new readers alike will find themselves entranced by this latest work and waiting eagerly for the next.

Book Giveaway

Thanks to the always generous Sarah Pekkanen one lucky reader of Stiletto Storytime will win their very own copy of Skipping a Beat. Giveaway ends midnight EST March 1, 2011. US and Canada address only please. Winner will be chosen by random.org and notified by e-mail address. Good Luck to all and Happy Reading!

To enter simply leave a comment below letting my know what “Book Birthday” you are looking forward to in the near future. What new release are you eagerly anticipating? Any pre-order worthy books coming up for you?

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Guest Post: Author Sarah Pekkanen

Stiletto Storytime is so excited to present Sarah Pekkanen as our guest blogger today! What an honor. Pekkanen is the author of the already best selling The Opposite of Me, which is flying off the bookshelves on pre-order as we speak! I am so excited to have Sarah on my blog because not only is she an amazing writer, really nice person and one of the sassy debs of 2010….she is also a Mom. While I have struggled this past year with having my first child and learning to juggle life and parenting, I have sometimes felt I lost my identity when I had William. I realize now that so many women feel that way as well. Stiletto Storytime and my reading and writing on the side have been my way to cling to who I am without taking away from being Mommy… and without even knowing Sarah has written a post that speaks to my heart. Thanks so much Sarah for sharing and I am holding you to that toast together when I finish my book and get a deal…but only if we can each wear our fabulous ruffled heels while we do it ( mine will be hot pink)! As is the custom for many posters on Stiletto Storytime….Sarah has been kind enough to show a pair of sassy heels she herself is coveting at this time. Which only further proves that behind ever smart women is a great pair of heels! “Remember just like stilettos, reading never goes out of style.” Congrats again Sarah!

“I’m thrilled to be guest posting today to talk about my debut novel, The Opposite of Me. It’s the story of twin sisters who are complete opposites – or so they think. When people learn the premise, the first thing they ask me is whether I’m a twin. Nope; in fact, I don’t even have a sister.  But I’ve always been intrigued by the complex relationships my friends have with their sisters, so I tried to make the relationship of my main characters, Lindsey and Alex, as juicy and competitive and loving and tangled as possible.

I’ve heard about twins who are so close that they create their own language, and can feel each other’s pain from miles away – but I wondered what would happen to twins who were completely different. What if two sisters had nothing in common, but were constantly being compared? How would that shape their relationship?

I also think it’s very common in families for children to get certain labels, either spoken or unspoken – like the “pretty sister,” the “smart one,” the “drama queen,” or the “peacemaker.” I’ve always been curious about how those labels are formed – are they really a true reflection of who we are inside? It’s interesting to me that we can go out into the world and re-invent oursevles as adults, yet when we go home to visit our families, they still see us through the lens our childhood roles. And sometimes, despite our best efforts, we get dragged kicking and screaming back into those roles!

So I took both of those notions and spun them around in my mind for a while before they turned into the premise of my novel. The intersection of those themes – sisterhood and identity – is the heart of my book.  And the funny thing is, in writing it, I developed a new identity of my own: novelist. When I started my book,  I was a stay-at-home Mom, spending my days cutting the crusts off sandwiches and chaperoning school field trips. But I’ve always dreamed of writing a novel, so I began bringing my laptop with me whenever I went. I even wrote some of The Opposite of Me at Chuck E. Cheese (I used to work in loud newsrooms so I find background noise oddly comforting). It was my own secret project – the little bit of “me”- that wasn’t consumed by taking care of my family.

Tuesday, March 9 is my debut day, and I’m going to go into a bookstore to find my novel on the shelf and just stare at it. In my purse, I’m going to carry the letter I wrote on Raggedy Ann stationery to a New York publisher long ago, asking when my book called “Miscellaneous Tales and Poems” would be published. It’s my favorite reminder that dreams really do come true.”

*Sarah Pekkanen is a former journalist whose debut novel, The Opposite of Me, will be published in six countries and five languages. It’s a Redbook magazine March book pick and has won an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner, who called it “Fresh and funny and satisfying. A terrific book about sisters that actually made me laugh out loud.”

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Review: The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen

The relationship of siblings is an ever complicated and constantly evolving process. It can hold a family together like glue or even tear it apart leaving a huge gaping hole in its wake. But what happens when that relationship seems to define who you are and how you live your life.  We may not all have siblings but we’ve all seen the designations: the pretty one, the smart one and the rebel. Most families do it to some degree even unconsciously. The question is what do those labels do to the children to whom they are attached? Once labeled are you destined to remain that way?

Lindsey is the smart one, the brainy girl who never has time for clothes, make-up or romantic relationships because she’s busy building her career, her future. Lindsey is all business. However her twin Alex could not be more different. She is carefree and gorgeous; a magnet for attention while Lindsey mostly fades into the background. If people were colors Alex would be red like her signature hair and Lindsey the pale gray of a boring but tasteful business suit.  But what happens when roles change or do the people in them change first? When confronted with the unthinkable what happens to carefree and overly responsible?

In Sarah Pekkenan’s debut novel The Opposite of Me, we explore the world of sibling rivalry and identity.  Pekkanen dares to ask the question: Which came first the personality traits or the labels attached to them?  As a member of a family with a trilogy of sisters, I dove into this book with ease and did not surface until the last page had been read. As women we can all identify with the sisters in this novel as a sister I find myself wondering about my own labels and that to me makes a good book. If a book makes you think and be introspective, well that’s magic and The Opposite of Me has done just that.  Pekkanen has hit the nail on the head with her unique premise and original observations on what makes us who we are when we are part of a larger group. Lindsey is a star character with warmth, humor and shape, she feels real and that makes the book genuine and warm itself. An absolute must read that will make every woman think and every sister make a phone call.

The Opposite of Me by Sarah Pekkanen will be available March 9, 2010. Pre-order now!

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