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Monday, November 20, 2006

Calm, Cool, and Adjusted is up this week on CFBA!

Here is the gorgeous cover. Those marketing people are smart, aren't they?

Here is a great picture of Kristin. I think she is soooo cute. Then again, I love Italians. :)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kristin Billerbeck was born in Redwood City, California. She went to San Jose State University and majored in Advertising, then worked at the Fairmont Hotel in PR, a small ad agency as an account exec, and then, she was thrust into the exciting world of shopping mall marketing. She got married, had four kids, and started writing romance novels until she found her passion: Chick Lit.

Calm, Cool, and Adjusted is the third book in the Spa Girls Novels.
Best friends since Johnny Depp wore scissors for hands, "The Spa Girls" live very separate lives, but stay in touch with routine visits to California's Spa Del Mar. The third novel in the Spa Girls Series focuses on Silicon Valley chiropractor Poppy Clayton, who is as calm, cool and adjusted as they come. Or is she? Known for her bad fashion sense, a love for all things natural and the inability to get a second date, Poppy is beginning to wonder if she might be misaligned herself. Her route to self discovery will be an unnatural one - a plastic surgeon, a dilapidated house in Santa Cruz, a flirtatious client, and a blind date from the dark side. It's all enough to send a girl - and her gal pals - running for the comfort zone of their spa.

Lucky for me, I've already had the pleasure of reading this story. And because I have quite a few "nature-loving-tree-hugging" friends, I loved it!!! I even have a friend that drinks that green goop in the book, LOL! My favorite thing about Kristin's characters is you wonder through most of the book who the heroine will end up with, but it's ALWAYS the right one. She's good! Here is a link to buy her book...

Calm, Cool, and Adjusted by Kristin Billerbeck

Here is a link to Kristin's website...Kristin Billerbeck

Finally, here is a copy of my review of her book. It's not my best book review, but don't let that stop you from getting a copy...

Another perfect title by Kristin Billerbeck, Calm, Cool & Adjusted sums up Poppy Clayton's life better than any title I could have come up with! Poppy lives for serenity and calmness, or as she calls it, energy. She could care less about looking cool, but that's not the kind of cool the author means. Poppy finds that special cool after thawing out, and I loved the character arc! It's what I live to read!

The adjusted word works very well in regards to defining not only her profession as a chiropractor, but it doubles up to describe her need to work things through and go with the flow, to stop being so anal and overanalyzing everything and heal from the past. Get unstuck and show your love with your words and deeds, Poppy girl!

And the first line is my very favorite opening of all time... Desperation has a scent. Is that incredibly witty, or what?

Though I loved A Girl's Best Friend a lot (probably because I'm blonde, too, and Morgan was just a lovable character), I think I love this story the most! I totally adore Poppy and her quirks and defensiveness. Her obsessions are hilarious and the insightful comments about nutrition and exercise border on convicting at times. LOL!

Billerbeck has an amazing ability to be snarky and yet fun in her style. I love her wit and wisdom, and the faith portion is always gracefully woven into the story. I feel like I learned the most from this book in regards to God's timing, the value of friendship, and the need for inner healing to move on. Wonderful stuff!

Also, the tension is unbearable. Who will Poppy choose to be with, or will she decide to stay single? GAH! That had me going. Fortunately, the author chose the right ending or I would've screamed and it wouldn't have been pretty! Billerbeck knows how to get to a reader's heart and she pulls me in every time. I can't say enough good things about this story! Of all of Kristin's chick lit titles, this one grabbed my heart the most! Bravo!

Calm, Cool, & Adjusted was published by Integrity and released in October 2006.

1 comment:

SHARLENE said...

Michelle, as usual, an excellent review. You make me want to go right out and grab Kristin's book off the store shelf. If only I didn't already have a long list of other books lying in wait. I DO intend to read it, Kristin!

A while back you asked your blog followers what they were currently reading...

I just completed Richard Paul Evans' Finding Noel. This was a wonderful (stricktly for pleasure) Christmas read, not cheesy, like so many of those holiday books can be. Right now I'm reading Jodi Thomas's Texas Rain. She's written about a zillion books (historical) with Texas in the title. I think I've read them all. Since I am currently working on writing a historical series myself, I really need to try to stay within that genre for a while--even in my reading. It helps me with my focus.

Down the road, I plan to delve into Jan Karon's Mitford Series. (Am I the only one in the WORLD who hasn't read them?) I bought the complete book-set the other day, so now I'm committed. Oh, I do love to read, but it tends to take me away from my other passion--writing. So it's a balancing act of sorts.

Okay, Michelle's blog fans, what are YOU all reading? Share!


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