Thursday, 10 February 2011

Steph's Blogfest & Book Review: "A Bitch Named Karma".

Book Blurb: Blogfest entry at bottom of page.

Karma may be a bitch, but sometimes she knows what she’s doing.

When author Lexi Marshall’s perfectly fabulous life of designer clothes, nights on the town with her sexy boyfriend, and a successful writing career literally go up in flames, she must take on Karma and fight to gain control over her life.

Lexi believes her cliché-filled novels are the reason for Karma’s wrath and after a high calorie pity party, she’s determined to rebuild her life to what it once was... How could Karma be so cruel?

Book Review:

A Bitch Named Karma by Stephanie Haefner.

To start with, the cover image of this novel implies it fits in the shamefaced genre (if you’re a prude) labelled erotica! Well, I can categorically state “A Bitch Named Karma” is not an erotic novel. It’s funny, sexy in small doses, irreverent, and OK so it does have a little strong language scattered here and there, but without it the character Lexi - a truly materialistic self-obsessed girl - wouldn’t be the Lexi you’ll come to love by end of book.

If you’ve ever read Sophie Kinsella’s hilarious novels or Helen Fielding’s witty “Bridget Jones” books, well, I can tell you Stephanie meets all the criteria for the chick-lit genre! Her fabulous creation the narcissistic Lexi (novelist) cannot think beyond upcoming royalty check and which Jimmy Choo shoes to purchase on next payout. And, of course, alongside her writing she strives to keep her boyfriend in a perpetual state of arousal and insane with lust for Lexi alone.

Life has never looked better for Lexi, until she stops off to pick up a royalty check at the publishing house. In-house shuffles are underway, her own lovely editor replaced by a frightful fire-breathing dragon, and this lady spares Lexi no punches on bad news delivered. With her designer plumage metaphorically singed and writer esteem in tatters, her new editor claims her latest novel is utter crap! If you think that isn’t bad enough, well wait ‘til Lexi turns up at her boyfriend’s office with intention of springing a sexy surprise. This is not her day, and things just go from bad to worse, but this is where as a reader you may begin to side with Lexi, for Karma is reaping harsh revenge.

Cast into a pit of despair Lexi endeavours to claw her way back even if it means eating a little humble pie and knuckling down to serious revisions to placate her new editor. Her love life, too, is not as it once was and when betrayal comes to light the realisation that best friends can sometimes be too close for comfort shakes the very foundations of Lexi’s existence. Turning to another best friend for sympathy is not always a wise move, and Lexi reaps an unexpected “gift” for indulging a whim. If she thought her life set to change for the better writing-wise, it suddenly heats up with a new “hot” love interest and, everything looks exceedingly rosy in her love garden.

Yeah, yeah, Lexi just knew it was all going too good, too soon, and boy does it all go wrong again. But, best friend “gift” boy steps into the breech once again and Lexi moves in with him and his boyfriend. They all three set up home together, [keeping plot secret] and all look as though about to live happily ever after. But, “Karma” at last relents and allows “hot” love interest back into her life just when she needs a strong hand to grip hold of.

Believe me, you won’t be disappointed if you purchase “A Bitch Named Karma”. It hits all the right buttons for chick-lit, and provides a roller-coaster ride into Lexi’s life. It’s written first-person POV so very up close and personal!

You can purchase it at or locate it on Amazon quite easily.

Valentine's Day: Stephanie's blogfest

This is such a simple must do blogfest, the only criteria answer 5 questions,
and it's Stephanie's first blogfest!

1- What is the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for you?

Answer: placed a wild briar rose in my hair/bought me a horse!

2- What is your favorite love song?

Answer: Move Closer

3- Do you have a favorite romantic movie or book?

Answer: Book made into movie/Wicked Lady

4- Do you have any romantic plans for Valentine's Day this year?

Answer: no - due to flue, but will have a candlelit dinner.

5- What's your favorite romantic treat? (candy, chocolate, edible body paint, etc...)

Answer: bottle of Moet and Swiss chocs!

To see other participant entries go here.



Angelina Rain said...

Wow, I love the title. I should check this book out. I would buy it based on the title alone.

Stephanie said...

Thanks so much!!!!!!

Summer Ross said...

Wonderful review Francine- Cute how you kept plot secrets :)

I've read it and I've encouraged others to read it :)

M Pax said...

Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the point at a good read.

Trisha said...

I'd comment on the book (which does sound fab) but I just saw your Hunk of the Month picture and have to go drool in a corner now ;)

Beth said...

Wow on the horse!

Anonymous said...

Bought you a horse? That's awesome :D Great gift!

Stephanie said...

Great answers!!!!! Thanks so much!!!!!

Francine Howarth said...

Hi Valentine buddies,

Thanks so much for dropping by to comment. Have a wonderful Valentine night! ;)


Kristina Fugate said...

He bought you a horse!? OMG, luuuuucky! Lol.

Guinevere said...

Aw, sorry you're sick on Valentine's Day but a candlelit dinner sounds like a great way to celebrate anytime!

I just stopped by on the Share The Love blogfest, but I'm looking forward to reading more from you - I see we share a love of Sean Bean. :)

J.C. Martin said...

A HORSE!? Like wowsers! Bummer to hear about the 'flu--get well soon!

Erin Kane Spock said...

I enjoyed the review. I assumed by the cover it was erotica. What fun answers for the blogfest. Hope you are feeling better.

Stephanie said...

Erin, yeah, I had my concerns when the cover art was first revealed, but it was just do damn sexy and eye caching, that I decided it didn't matter!!

Thanks for reading!!

Nicole Zoltack said...

I so want a horse!