Wednesday, April 13, 2016

CLP Blog Tours, Review, & Giveaway: Crushed (Layne Gray)

After a decade of dialing it in on her marriage – subsisting mostly on school fundraisers and designer trunk shows – Grace, on a whim, surprises her husband at the airport, picking him up in nothing more than scant lingerie and a fur coat. But that backfires spectacularly. Hoping to help, Grace’s best friend tells her of a secret retreat for discarded wives—Finedale, where Grace just may be able to get back her confidence, build her self-esteem, learn a rewarding career, or even rediscover that hot sex needn't be a thing of the past.

Before long, Grace is orchestrating a new, fabulous life. Everything seems to be going brilliantly. But as cracks begin to appear the possibility of another, darker, truth behind Finedale catapults Grace into a role she never anticipated.

Layne Gray is an author, entrepreneur and experienced marketing strategist. Layne’s background is in technology marketing and she has worked for large companies, including as Director of UNIX Product Line Marketing at Oracle Corporation and Director of UNIX Application Marketing at Altos Computer Systems. She was the founder of LKE Productions, a global technology conference production company that ramped to over $20M in annual revenues.

Layne is a seasoned charitable fundraiser who has helped raise millions of dollars for local and national charities through events she has chaired and campaigns she has spearheaded. Bay Area beneficiaries have included the San Francisco Ballet, Junior League of San Francisco, San Francisco Zoological Society. National organizations include buildOn, UN Foundation Girl Up and Mocha Moms.

Born and raised in Oregon, Layne received a B.A. in Marketing and Statistics from the University of Oregon. She has taken the WSET Level 3 Certification and teaches wine classes around the country. Layne is an Emeritus Board member of the San Francisco Zoological Society and a sustaining member of the Junior League of San Francisco and the San Ballet Auxiliary. She lives in San Francisco and enjoys cycling, snow skiing and walking her dogs at Crissy Field. 

Oh how I loved me some Grace in this book! What an amazing woman this main character portrayed. Grace knew her marriage needed some work but when she showed up to surprise her husband, poor Grace was the one who was in for a surprise. Her friend Brett suggest a very exclusive "treatment spa" for Grace. Wow! What a spa! But something was just not quite right. Will Grace go back to her broken marriage or will she find another love? I give this book 4 stars! Fun read! 

Tour Schedule

April 4- A Southern Girls Bookshelf – Excerpt
April 4 –Literary Chanteuse- Excerpt
April 4- Wendi Nunnery –Review
April 5 –Change the Word – Q&A
April 5 – Chick Lit Club Connect – Guest Post
April 6 – Sweet N Sassy Bookaholics – Excerpt
April 7 – Nerdy Dirty and Flirty – Excerpt
April 8 – Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt
April 8 – – Review & Excerpt
April 8 – Blurbs and Words – Review & Excerpt
April 8 – Around the World in Books – Review & Excerpt
April 12 – Living Life With Joy – Q&A & Excerpt
April 12 – Coffeeholic Bookworm – Review
April 13 – Curling Up With A Good Book –Review & Excerpt
April 15 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews –Review, Guest Post & Excerpt
April 18 – The Phantom Paragrapher - Review

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