Unfinished Business by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Ebook: 277 pages
Genre: Chick Lit, Paranormal, Ghost
Before beginning this series I urge you to read the author’s bio. Carolyn Ridder Aspenson’s journey to write this book is wrought with loss and overwhelming sadness at the loss of her mother and father. Mrs. Aspenson takes all that raw emotion and weaves it into a delightful, funny and heartfelt story. While there are moments of sadness and grief, you will find yourself laughing out loud while crying tears of joy.
Before Angela can grieve for the loss of her mom, Fran returns as a ghost. Once Angela gets over the shock and accepts that her mother’s ghost is a permanent fixture in her life, others start to show up. Imagine having to deliver a message to someone’s surviving daughter or wife? That’s just what happens to Angela. The hijinks begin when Fran starts spying on her grandkids and trying to keep them out of trouble. Along for the ride is Melissa (Mel), Angela’s best friend. While she can’t actually see Fran, Mel is along for support and for supplying the cupcakes.
This truly is a wonderful book. You will laugh, cry, snort-giggle and probably crave sweets. I look forward to reading new works from this author.
Carolyn Ridder Aspenson signs on with Seattle start-up, Booktrope Editions Carolyn Aspenson epitomizes today’s juggler: busy mother of 3, avid fitness buff, and columnist for several websites and Atlanta-based publications. A few years ago, when both her parents died within 11 months of each other, she found herself orphaned, and completely devastated. Her grief consumed her, and her weight spun out of control. One day, she gazed in the mirror and decided she no longer wanted to be “that girl.” She channeled her grief. Carolyn wrote her first paranormal/chick lit novel, Unfinished Business: An Angela Panther novel, as a way of honoring her parents. “I felt the world wasmissing out on these wonderful people, and I wanted to share them. I created the character of Fran, the ghost in the book, after my mother, who was very much the sassy, in-your-face Italian woman you’ll find in the book.” Before she knew it, Unfinished Business hit bothAmazon and Barnes & Noble bestseller lists. Caroline Fardig, author of Barnes & Noble bestseller It’s Just a Little Crush, says, “The author has a great sense of humor, even aboutdeath, but when the story called for it, she was reverent and empathetic in the way her characters handled each other.”Re-energized, Carolyn worked through her grief, dropped the weight, and discovered she was just getting started. She discovered Booktrope, a Seattle-based publishing startup that uses targeted marketing strategies and an innovative Team Publishing concept, which offers authors the support they need to succeed, and allows them more creative control and higher royalties than traditional publishing houses. Unfinished Business got a makeover, slated for release in just weeks, and her second novel in the Angela Panther series, Unbreakable Bonds, will be released through Booktrope in late spring. A third novel is in the works.”I’m excited to be a part of the Booktrope community,” Aspenson said, “and look forward to working with them. “About Booktrope Publishing: Booktrope is a team-publishing platform and a social marketing engine for books of all kinds. We free the creative team of authors, editors, designers and marketing partners to work on what they do best—create and market the bestbook possible. With over 150 authors, several on bestseller lists, Booktrope is redesigning the way to publish. For more information on Booktrope, visit http://www.booktrope.com.
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