Sunday, December 9, 2012

Troubles and Treats by Tara Sivec Blog Tour: Guest Post, Review, & Giveaway!


Drew and Jenny have spent years being the envy of their friends with their out of control sex lives - well, not really. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little.

With two little kids and two busy lives, for the first time, Drew and Jenny aren't on the same page in the bedroom. Drew will stop at nothing to get his previously amorous wife back in the sack and Jenny will do anything for a full night of sleep.

Carter and Claire, and Jim and Liz are their usual (un)helpful selves and are full of advice for the disconnected duo, wanting nothing more than to help restore order to the usually happy couple's lives.

In the third and final installment of the Chocolate Lovers Series, will Drew and Jenny find the spark that's been missing in their marriage, or will the trouble they're having cause a stickier situation than the time Jenny poured honey all over Drew and he fused himself to a tree.

My Thoughts:
I loved the first two books in this series and Troubles and Treats is by far my favorite!

I loved how we started a couple of years after the second book. Drew and Jenny are busy trying to raise their children, but their marriage is in some serious trouble. Drew being Drew, is a bit out of sync with Jenny on an emotional level. he still is wearing his awesome t-shirts, but has yet to see that Jenny needs help around the house and with the kids.

Jenny is still a sweetheart. Some of the words she mixed up made me laugh out loud. She is in a funk, doesn't know how to communicate with her husband, and her libido has taken a complete nose dive. Think my favorite scene was when Drew put up the sex swing. Jenny made use of it in a completely unique way that is completely Jenny. :)

Luckily they both have a group of great friends (and Claire's father ;) ) who attempt to help in their own way to get the couple back in the fast lane and communicating better.

I read this book at work, which was a huge mistake because just about every other page I was laughing out loud at some of the antics. I can't wait to see what Tara Sivec has up her sleeve next!

My Rating: 5 Stars!

Guest Post: Tara Sivec

How do you go about creating a story?

I’m a hot mess when it comes to creating a story.  I never do an outline.  Outlines remind me of English class in high school which makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little.  When I first get an idea for a story, I jot down the basic premise: major plot and any highlights that are screaming in my brain right at that moment.  I don’t immediately start writing at that point.  I like to just keep the idea in my head and let it stew.  I’ll go back and add chapter ideas every few days.  The notepad app on my phone is a lifesaver.  I’ll wake up at 2:30 in the morning to pee and think of an awesome idea and add it to my phone while I’m on the toilet.  No, seriously.  When I sit down to officially start writing chapter one, I know the basics of the story like where I want the main characters to go.  I have a general idea of the ending, but more often than not, it will change as I start writing.  I have to keep a pad of paper next to me while I write because in the middle of one chapter, I will always get an idea for a future one and I want to make sure I don’t forget it.  I’ll also get ideas for completely different stories while I write and in the middle of a chapter, will open up another Word document and quickly type up a paragraph for that other story.  See?  Hot mess.  I always write in order though.  I know some authors can bounce all over the place but not me.  I have to let the story unfold in its natural order or I’ll completely lose my mind.  You know, what’s left of it.

About the Author:

Tara Sivec is a best selling author, wife, mom, chauffeur, cheerleading coach, soccer coach, babysitter, short-order cook, genius and albino squirrel hunter. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two kids. In her spare time she likes to read, write and cover things in chocolate. Most of her material comes from real life experiences with family and friends. Lucky for them, the names have been changed to protect the innocent (aka, drunk).

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  1. I haven't read Troubles & Treats yet but I know I will love it as much as the first two :)

  2. I haven't read Troubles & Treats yet, but I'm so excited to! THanks for the giveaway :)

  3. I haven't read Trouble and Treats yet, but I'm anxious to.... Thanks for the great review and the giveaway!!!

    1. I for got my email address...

  4. I read this for the blog tour and freaking LOVED it. My favorite character besides Drew, obviously, is Veronica. She had one or two lines, but I loved her. Favorite scene was when they go to Jenny's parents house for dinner. So hilarious!

  5. Have not yet read Troubles and Treats but I can't wait! I loved the first two, and I just loved them!

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  7. I have read both and loved them! Looking forward to Troubles and Treats! mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

  8. I love this series. What an awesome giveaway!! Thank you.

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    1. Also I have no read Troubles and Treats yet but I can't wait too :)

  9. here's my email:

  10. I have not read either of the books. But, they are on my TBR list!!

  11. OMG. I love everything by Tara Sivec. I feel she's my long lost sister. I can't wait to get off of work today and download Troubles & Treats. Maybe I'll download it at work....

  12. Can't wait to read this one!

    gaby891 AT YAHOO DOT COM

  13. I have not read these, but would like to.

    bookaholicholly at

  14. i haven't read it yet but i heard it's really funny!