Wednesday, March 4, 2009

BkRv: Who said Ever After will always end happily? (giveaway included)

Book Review: Fairy Tale Blues by Tina Welling

Chick Lit

First Line:
It seemed longer than just twelve hours ago that I walked out on my husband during our anniversary dinner.

Rating: 4! (though 1/2 because I may read this on a rainy day when I'm feeling down and want to kick my boyfriend)

Okay, this is when you know you're addicted to fairy tales: When the mere sight of "fairy tale" makes you giddy like a school girl (where does this idiom come from? I don't remember being a giddy school girl when I was in school). So this is why I had wanted to read this, plus the premise of a woman leaving her husband for a marriage sabbatical - be truthful now, ladies, haven't we all been at that point of our sanity at some point in our relationships? I know I have!

So we meet AnnieLaurie and Jess McFall on the evening of their 26th anniversary. AnnieLaurie has been slowly losing sanity from:
  • single-handedly running the financial aspect of their ski equipment business (when it should have been a partnership with Jess who does the easy schmoozing and skiing part of it)
  • cleaning up after Jess (who is a hurricane that throws everything about)
  • and not spending time with herself (too busy worrying about their 2 college-aged sons and Jess).
What finally tips her over the edge of sanity is when Jess presents her with a pair of earrings - beautiful and topazy blue - something she would absolutely love...if he hadn't of given her a pair already - yes, the exact same beautiful and topazy blue - for Valentine's. In fact, she had been wearing the first pair since Valentine's!

So she excuses herself from the table for the bathroom and leaves the restaurant behind to hop into a flight for Florida where her family is.
From page 4 (Annie)
Jess' first response would be to construct a story to excuse his actions; his second to diminish the issue. This time, I'd refuse to get entangled in his defenses. For once - how unreasonable it was to flee three thousand miles without notice - I had taken action and not just talked about my trouble while following Jess around the house, trying to hold his attention.

From page 32 (Annie)
What I wanted to figure out while on my marriage sabbatical was how to let Jess live his life without letting it inhibit my own. But there I went, putting Jess first, me second - my life as a by-product of his. Let me start again: what I wanted was to figure out how I could live my life, allowing Jess to live his life, with both of us enjoying that...and each other.
The beauty of this book is that we get to see both sides of the story. I got to understand where Annie and Jess were coming from - their misunderstandings, their expectations, their love for one another even 3000 miles apart. Instead of painting one side of the story and having the reader side with Annie and glaring daggers at Jess, Tina Welling presents us with Jess who acts the way he does because of a major life-altering event in his childhood. We see how much he loves and depends on Annie, although he does not realize how much he takes her for granted until she leaves.
From page 19 (Jess)
Memories worked like drugs; while I was under the influence of them, I was happy, but once they passed I felt worse, hungover, heart heavy. Still, they beckoned to me all day long.
Although I am not married, I felt that Tina Welling painted a solid and realistic picture of a long-time married couple who love each other, but need space from each other. I may be wrong, but I'd be eager to see what other readers think, especially those who are married. It would also be interesting to see men's reactions, but somehow I doubt many (if any) will pick up this book. Perhaps we ladies can sneakily ask them about Jess's reactions... Fairy Tale Blues gave me some food for thought about my own relationship and a lot of hope for it.

This book hit the shelves on March 3rd! So go and check it out! :)

As I mentioned yesterday, March is Women's History Month, and I'm part of a blog tour for my little red book with a giveaway included (more details of that this coming Sunday). However, I decided that I'll have my own giveaways in celebration of this month because it's high time that I give back to you since the giveaway fairies have been kind to me in the past.

So I will be giving away my copy of Fairy Tale Blues to 1 lucky individual who comments about their own "fairy tale blues" - Has your significant other ever done something similar to Jess (e.g. buying the same set of earrings twice) that made you want to pull his hair out?

+1 for answering the question above
+1 for leaving an email address
+1 for following (+3 to current followers before this post went up)
+1 for posting about this in a blog post
+1 for posting about this on your sidebar
+1 for leaving me a corny joke (+2 if I fall off my chair from laughing too hard) ;P
+5 if you manage to do all of the above in one comment (not including me falling off the chair: You and I cannot plan for that)!

Bonus points (which can be in a separate comment to this post or another depending on what I asked you to do)
+1 for the first 5 who tell me who the publisher (the exact imprint)
+1 for the first 5 who name me another book by Tina Welling
+1 for leaving a comment after March 4 on any 2 posts (old or new)
+1 for joining in on my Thursday Thereabouts (meaning you must leave a comment about your "thereabouts" or leave me a link to your blog post doing so)

Whew, how's that for a laundry list? I never said I would make this easy - and I'll admit I'm looking forward to any brave joke-tellers out there... :D

This giveaway will end March 15 (+1 for the first person who tells me the significance of this date).

P.S. I am willing to ship internationally.
Disclosure 10/7/09:
This is a review copy sent by the publisher.


  1. I just LOVE the paperback cover of Shug. So glad they changed it from that plain ole red popsicle.

    Okay. Goodness. Lots of extra points I can earn that I don't know where to start! I guess a "fairy tale blues" moment for me would be that my boyfriend constantly buys me "comfy clothes" for presents. As in, t-shirts, sweatshirts, and sweatpants. While I love those things, it's just, um, a little odd when HE gets them for me. He claims that he doesn't know what else to get for me, and then I hint like crazy that he should get me jewelry. Hehe.

    I will link to your contest in my sidebar. And I've been following you. :)

    So Tina Welling, my research indicates, has also written a book called Crybaby Ranch. It says it's published by Penguin NAL Trade. I'm not sure about my answer on that though.

    March 15 - Ides of March? Your birthday? An anniversary? The end date for my giveaway? Just throwing things out there for this one. :)

    Whew! That was hard. How do you manage to keep track of it all??

    stephxsu at gmail dot com

  2. "though 1/2 because I may read this on a rainy day when I'm feeling down and want to kick my boyfriend"

    Hahaha- too funny!

  3. My boyfriend once gave me a gift that I had given him earlier that year.



    Plus, I have been a follower!

  4. +1- since I don't have a boyfriend he can't do things like that but i used to date a guy who would buy me really girly clothes or jewelry even though I am a complete tomboy. I thought guys liked when girls were in to sports?? Theres a reason he wasn't a keeper
    +1- sports dot erikalynn at gmail dot com
    +3- i am already a follower
    +1- put it in a blogpost

  5. Love that you are willing to ship internationally :D

    Luckily my boyfriend has never done something like that, oh and I knows that i will rather take a book too (and he always asks which one)

  6. I love my boyfriend (and even boyfriends past!), but men certainly have a hard time holding on to the details. Though it's a small thing, my BF can never remember dates. As in, "Can't go to dinner on Saturday, I have a class assignment to do." Five minutes later, he asks me, "Want to go to dinner on Saturday?" No, I say, I just told you... and then the following day, we have the conversation all over again. Incredibly frustrating!

    And since I can't resist a corny joke:
    Q. Why did Joe throw the clock out the window?
    A. He wanted to see time fly.

    This book looks/sounds great. Thanks for the chance!

    writing.meg [at]

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  9. I've never gotten a pair of earrings twice or anything like that from my husband. He's amazing. I'm truly blessed.

    I'm now a follower.

    I'm posting on my blog -

    I'm adding to my sidebar -

    Cry Baby Ranch is by Tina Welling.

    NAL Accent is the publisher.


  10. Hubby gave me a watch for Christmas 3 years in a row!

  11. Please enter me! Sadly I have no significant other so I can not answer that. But I have linked this contest to the sidebar of my blog:

    faked_sugartone at

  12. Please include me in your giveaway. I dont have a boyfriend right now because he was a jerk.

  13. My husband hasn't given me the same thing twice. I would be upset if he did though! I'm following your blog.

    nhertel85 AT yahoo DOT com

  14. My answer is actually no...but that'a an answer, right?

    Well, Steph Su beat me to the Ides of March thing, but NBC has Kings starting that day which I think is ironic given the whole Ides of March thing ;) (and apparently Roanoake College is starting a Women's History Forum on teh 15th).

    and I can't post tonight (and my blog's on temporary hiatus anyhow so I'll fail at doing everything...)

    email should come with the comment or it's on my profile

    and joke..uhm, I stole it but: Who'd the zombie bring to the party? Whoever he could dig up :P

  15. So I currently do not have a significant other to annoy me but in the past one of my boyfriends would buy me clothes but he never got the size right even if I told him what to buy. It got really annoying after the 2nd time.

    I am now a follower.

    Another book by Tina Welling is Crybaby Ranch.

    The publisher is Penguin Group.

    Corny joke:
    A lady and her baby get on a bus. The bus driver looks at the lady, and then her baby, and then screams, "AHHHH! That's the ugliest child I've ever seen in my life!" The lady then, totally disgusted, marches up to the back of the bus to sit down. As she was sitting there absolutely furious, a man asks, "Are you ok, dear?" The lady replies, "I'm so angry, that bus driver just insulted me." The man says, "You go back up there and give that bus driver a piece of your mind, and I'll watch your monkey."

    Thanks for the contest!

  16. I have never had anything like that happen to me.

    I follow your blog.

    The Publisher is NAL Trade.

    Tina Welling also wrote Crybaby Ranch.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  17. A moment like "fairy tale blues" would be when my boyfriend (now ex-boyfriend) bought me a stuffed rabbit for our first date and then gave me the same one for Christmas. My e-mail is I'm already a follower of your blog. Here's a corny joke:

    One day three guys were driving in the middle of nowhere when their car broke down.
    They got out and looked around at their surroundings.
    Finally, the first guy says, "I'm gonna go look for some food."
    The other two guys say, "Why?".
    "So we can eat of course." says the first guy.
    Once the first guy comes back the second guy says, "I'm going to go get some water".
    "Why" asked the other two.
    "So we can drink it if we get thirsty of course".
    Once the second guy gets back the third guy goes and tears off the car door.
    "Whats that for?" asked the other two.
    " In case we get hot we can roll down the window."

    And March 15th... umm... I'm not sure about this one so here's a list of maybes:

    1) your birthday
    2) date a book comes out
    3) middle of march
    4) historical significance

    That's all I've got... and that's a lot of entries! Thanks for this contest!!!

  18. I'm not married or dating, so... no. :P

    Blog post here:

    Link in sidebar here:

    Joke: Tom and Clark were standing on the roof of their building drinking a few beers on their break and Clark said, "Hey Tom, did you know that if you jump off this building, after you get down so far, a draft will pull you back inside the building on the third floor?"

    "Get outta here," said Clark.

    "No I'm serious, watch me."

    Clark hopped off the building and sure enough, he was taken in by the draft at the third floor window. He took the elevator back to the top and Tom and a security guard that arrived were standing there, Tom in awe.

    "I can't believe it," said Tom.

    "I know you should try it Tom."

    So Tom hopped off and plunged into the ground.

    "Superman you're an ajerk when you're drunk," said the security guard.

    Publisher is NAH Accent.

    Tina Welling also wrote Crybaby Ranch.

    March 15th is... um... your birthday? Caesar was stabbed to death on March 15th. It's the birthday of the guy who plays Oliver Wood in the Harry Potter movies,, Eva Longoria, Bret Michaels, Fabio, Paul Zindel. Christopher Columbus returned to Spain after his first trip to America... am I even close? Lol, and thank you wikipedia...

  19. I'm sure many in my long litany of boyfriends and girlfriends have done things that would make me walk out on them during dinner (though nothing specific is springing to mind), but repeating a gift wouldn't do it for me. I don't come from a family that's big on gifts, so I'm usually a bit startled to get anything at all.

    Here's a corny joke:

    Two muffins are sitting baking in the oven.

    One muffin says to the other, "Is it just me, or is it hot in here?"

    The second muffin says:



    ...Dude, you *said* to make it corny. Oh, and I've now followed you. Cheers!

  20. Enter us! We're followers!
    Beth & Nathan

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