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Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding (Book 2) Review & Rafflecopter Giveaway


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This is the second book in the series. You can read my review for the first book at https://cynthiashepp.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/robert-bryndzas-the-not-so-secret-emails-of-coco-pinchard-review/

Synopsis:

The highly anticipated sequel to the hit bestseller The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard!

A year has passed, Coco’s career has taken off, and her relationship with the hunky Adam is going from strength to strength… there is even talk of marriage!

Then the day before Adam is due to move in – he ends their relationship without explanation… After the initial shock and anger (and an ‘I told you so’ from ex mother-in-law Ethel) Coco digs deeper and discovers why. Adam is in terrible trouble, and he needs her help.

Will Adam’s mistake come between them? Or will they get to live happily ever after?

Featuring an exciting cast of characters both familiar and new, and of course a starring role for the wonderfully horrible Ethel! Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding is a hilarious, heart warming romantic comedy.

My Review

Coco Pinchard has to be one of my favorite book characters. She is British, out there, and manages to get herself in and out all sorts of scrapes. This is the second book in the series and I know most people remember me raving about the first. The characters are SO real…it is like they could just walk off the page. It is a great read that had me laughing at and feeling sorry for Coco all at the same time. In this installment, Coco and Adam are together, Rosencrantz moved out, and Ethel is still her cranky self, hilarious self. When circumstances cause Adam to cut Coco out of his life, Coco goes on many adventures to find herself and find out the reason why. The answer is more shocking then you think. I would love to see Rosencrantz’s story. I love him and his flat mates. All the characters together just breathe life into this book. There is never a dull day with Coco’s clan. I give this book 5 stars!

Buy on Amazon:

Book One: The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard: A Funny, Feel-Good Romantic Comedy (Book One)

Book Two: Coco Pinchard’s Big Fat Tipsy Wedding: A Funny Feel-Good Romantic Comedy (Book Two)

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GUEST POST/GIVEAWAY FROM AUTHOR ROBERT BRYNDZA


Today we have Robert Bryndza joining us for a FANTASTIC guest post and giveaway!

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How do authors choose the genre in which they write? Does the genre choose them? I ask this question because I never dreamed, as a guy I would end up writing Women’s Fiction – and I think it chose me.

As a writer, one of the most important factors in marketing your book and communicating to your readers, is genre. Say the name Stephen King and you know he writes horror, Stephenie Meyer; Vampires, JK Rowling; Children’s/Harry Potter. Although, her recent move to Literary Fiction with The Casual Vacancy left many fans in shock. Such was the power of the genre she inhabits that many readers were completely horrified it wasn’t another book about boy Wizards.

JK Rowling has told how she had the idea for Harry Potter on a train in 1990, that he arrived fully formed in her head, the genre it seems chose her. Did her frame of mind or surroundings influence her that
day? What if she had being doing tequila shots in a sleazy bar – could Harry Potter have been some flawed detective or Serial Killer?

The great thing about working on self-publishing platforms is that genre matters less, well less to readers than authors, we still need to make sure we market our work effectively and genre is a fundamental part of this, but more writers have the freedom to switch and experiment. The cost and time it takes to release a book has gone from months to hours, e-books are cheaper, shopping easier. These factors give both readers and authors more freedom to experiment. A virtual bookshelf will never be cleared if the novel fails to sell in that all-important first month. Books can be nurtured and grow their audience.

So how did I choose the genre I write in? Again, I think it chose me. I love to make people laugh, its one of the most potent and powerful things. The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard began from wanting
to make people laugh, and initially it had a male voice, the character that became Coco Pinchard’s husband Daniel. He remains a great character, but as I wrote I found that Coco seemed to be the one that
all the fun stuff was happening to, she was more wonderfully flawed, and prone to disaster. After several of my earlier readers agreed, I switched to Coco’s voice and The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard
was born.

Do I worry about writing in this genre dominated by so many brilliant female writers? Well, not now. In an early discussion with a Literary Agent, he told me that I should be prepared to change my name, and
consider using a female pen name. “People might not think a guy can write as a woman,” he said. I quickly realised that this is ridiculous. No one told Patricia Cornwell she couldn’t write crime thrillers because she’s never committed murder, or Stephenie Meyer because she’s never drunk blood. Silly examples I know but so is the argument. Nick Hornby is a British writer I greatly admire for his skills as a storyteller, two of his novels Juliet Naked and How To Be Good are written brilliantly from a female point of view.

Many things have excited me about the digital publishing revolution. The shift of a little more power to authors, the freedom to be paid higher royalties, the freedom to write what we want. The second book I
have recently released is Bitch Hollywood (co-written with Ján Bryndza) a dark comedy about life in the Hollywood Hills. My next book will be a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails, then I want to write a Thriller – a radical departure from what I’ve written before, and you know what, I can do it. I am excited to see what other writers will produce in the years to come, both well-known names from publishing houses, and best selling Indies. Exciting times are ahead for all of us.

The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard Amazon UK
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Secret-Emails-Pinchard-Romantic-ebook/dp/B0086V6JLE

The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard Amazon USA
http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Emails-Pinchard-Romantic-ebook/dp/B0086V6JLE

Bitch Hollywood UK

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bitch-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B0092FW64M

Bitch Hollywood USA

http://www.amazon.com/Bitch-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B0092FW64M

 

Robert Bryndza is a British born author and playwrite, currently
living in Slovakia. He originally trained as an actor, but was bitten
by the writing bug when his play Branko & Branka: The Croatian Magic
Sensation was a hit at the 2007 Edinburgh Festival.

He was a finalist in the 2010 BBC Drama Writers Academy and has
published two novels, The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard and
Bitch Hollywood (co- written with Ján Bryndza). The latter was
inspired by the year Robert and Ján spent living and working in Los
Angeles.

Robert is currently working on a sequel to The Not So Secret Emails Of
Coco Pinchard. In his free time he’s learning to speak Slovak and
writes a blog about life in Slovakia. http://www.teambryndzabooks.com

He’s also about to get a new puppy – which seems more exciting than
anything else!

GIVEAWAY!

Robert has been kind enough to offer up 1 kindle copy of The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard and 1 kindle copy of Bitch Hollywood. To enter this giveaway, please leave a comment telling me WHY you want to read these books and/or ask the author a question. This is MANDATORY! For an extra entry please like Robert’s facebook page. (Also, tell me if you have already read one of them)

http://www.facebook.com/teambryndza

Remember to follow the comments (a box you can check) to be notified to the answers to your questions!

Ends: 11/19/2012 8 am CST

Bitch Hollywood Review/GIVEAWAY


(Giveaway details below…please read review first!)

Bitch Hollywood by Robert and Jan Bryndza is a delightful read. The story starts off with the main character, Filip, moving to Hollywood from Europe, having gotten a chance at a green card to live and work in America. Filip is leaving behind everyone he knows, including his boyfriend David. They both had gotten their dream jobs, a continent away from each other. Instead of trying to work it long distance, they decide to go their seperate ways. Filip’s dream job was to be a Costume Designer for films and he makes his way alone to do just that. When he arrives in Hollywood, expecting to have a friend to help him settle in and show him around, he gets totally culture shocked, as that friend just leaves him hanging. In a strange new town, in a whole different country, Filip must try to make his way and makes his dreams come true. The first “friends” Filip meets is another gay couple, Hillary and Derek. Hillary is a show-stealer that you love to hate, seemingly manic-depressive and desperate to sell his beauty line. Filip lands his first job with Veronica, a washed up actress that is trying to get her career back. With a whole cast of quirky characters, Bitch Hollywood is a dark, gut-busting comedy about the trials of life and love in the city where dreams are supposed to come true.

Bitch Hollywood had me laughing and rooting for Filip from the get go. Filip is a memorable character whos whit and sarcastic attitude, that nobody in Hollywood seemed to get, had me whooping it up and cheering him on. Hillary was a piece of work, seeming to have loads of money but such a penny-pincher that he served chips and dips for dinner! Veronica was the straight up Bitch of Hollywood, having some moments of genuine niceness, but most of the time leading Filip around by a string. Filip admittedly got caught up in the Hollywood lifestyle, losing touch with himself and his family, but managed to bravely make it through people wiping dogs butts, manic-depressive friends, ass jet toilets, farting Frutarians, and dead dogs…not to mention crazy everyday living and jobs for Veronica. Filip finally finds himself in the end and what an ending it was! I highly recommend Bitch Hollywood to anyone who likes to laugh! I give it 5 stars for originality and the ability to make me laugh until I almost peed my pants! (LOL).

If I have talked you into reading this book, please leave a review for it where you bought it. Every review helps the author! Giveaway details and buy links below the cover picture.

Quotes from the Book:

“No, she was literally full of it. We had to use the high pressure pipe…”

“The ass jet water was a little cold.”

“If you are what it is to be successful in Hollywood then I’d rather fail and have a life.”

Amazon Buy Link: Bitch Hollywood     (Free if you are an AMAZON PRIME MEMBER)

Amazon UK Buy Link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bitch-Hollywood-ebook/dp/B0092FW64M

Author Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/teambryndza

Author Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5763380.Robert_Bryndza

Author Website: http://www.robertbryndza.com

Author Twitter: http://twitter.com/robertbryndza

THE GIVEAWAY!

Robert has been kind enough to offer up THREE Kindle e-books of Bitch Hollywood. To enter this giveaway simply comment on this post and tell me WHY you want to read Bitch Hollywood OR ask Robert a question OR tell him what you think about the cover. Or do all three LOL. The comment is MANDATORY to enter.

To earn EXTRA entries, LIKE, FOLLOW, and/or FAN Robert Bryndza on facebook, twitter, and goodreads. MAKE SURE you tell me what you do in a comment on this post so that I can count your entries. Contest ends September 27, 2012 at 8 am CST.

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Robert Bryndza’s ‘The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard’ Review


 

I do not even know where to start because I do not want to post too many spoilers. I have so many pieces of the book rolling through my head and I am laughing just thinking about them! There were a few things that I had to look up but after I did, I just laughed some more and went back to reading.

Coco Pinchard is a hilarious character that anyone can relate too. She is still fairly young at 40-something, an author, and has a grown son who is gay. She lives in London and the story is full of British humor. The story starts out as a series of emails from Coco to her various family members and friends. It is Christmas time and Coco spouts off what she got for Christmas, from a bunch of Marlboro Lights, to the iPhone that her husband, Daniel, gave her. The most hilarious part is that Coco was not expecting an impersonal iPhone from her husband, she was fully expecting a present from Tiffany’s. The iPhone becomes Coco’s most prized possession, as she uses it to email her friends that are far away, as well as just to tell her son something while he is upstairs.

Daniel tells Coco that he is going out of town to be the new director of a musical. This starts off a series of events that culminate with Coco finding out that Daniel is cheating on her, with no other than Snow White! (lol, you will have to read it now just to find out what I am talking about!)

Coco and Daniel separate and ultimately divorce, but not without a million mishaps along the way that Coco manages to get herself into. Newly separated, Coco does not know what to do with herself. She manages to outcast herself in the publishing world with her book, Chasing Diana Spencer, because of a rivalry with the bestselling author of the time. Because of that all of her books are taken off the shelves and Coco goes on an adventure to see all her books burned.

Then there is her mother-in-law, Ethel, who is a crotchety old broad, who ends up living with her. Ethel is hilarious and horrible, in a well-meaning way. You can tell she loves Coco but she puts her through Holy Hell.

Then comes Coco’s chance to prove herself once again, by making a musical out of her book. With the help of all her friends, a few romances that will have you rolling in the floor, a couple of holidays, a visit to a jail in California, and a garden plot, Coco Pinchard will have you rolling on the floor and laughing so hard that you snort tea up your nose. (lol, I really did!).

The entire book is in email format and it really works. It flows so smoothly and the pages turn so fast because you just cannot put the book down. The emails are only one way but the story is told flawlessly from Coco’s point of view. The characters are fantastic from Coco’s best friends, Chris and Marika, to her various in-laws, to the hunky Adam that helps Coco find her way. I give this book 5 stars and I would give it more if I could.

This is one book you do not want to miss if you enjoy British humor and chick-lit. I am looking forward to reading many more books from Robert Bryndza and I hope you check this one out! It is actually free on Amazon today and tomorrow (August 1-2). I hope you snap it up, laugh your ass off, and write up a review! I would love to know what everyone else thinks about Robert’s brilliant book!

Quotes from the book: (I am going to limit myself to three but there are so many great ones!)

“E’s nineteen years old! It’s not trees e’s gonna be going up.”

“I heard your bed going like the clappers. For my own peace of mind I am going to assume you, and whoever, were jumping up and down on it to the music you were playing.”

“He’s letting her eat his corn on the cob.”

I also have to mention some words and phrases that I thought were so funny.

Prat, up the duff, bollards, pipped me to the post (there are just so many that are so funny!)

Link to Amazon: The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard


The Not So Secret Emails Of Coco Pinchard