I asked to review Tawna Fenske's BELIEVE IT OR NOT because I enjoyed her debut book, MAKING WAVES. As the book sat on my shelf, waiting to be reviewed, I kept thinking of the early 80s' comedy, THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO - here are the lyrics from its theme song:
Believe it or not,
I'm walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free-.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer.
Who could it be?
Believe it or not it's just me.
As I read the the book (while riding the exercise bike at the base gym), the 80s pop song morphed into the head banging music of the 80s hair bands. In fact, 80s hair band music has a double purpose in BELIEVE IT OR NOT - it provides the motivation for the exotic male dancers at the hero's bar. The music also influences the heroine's ability to bluff her way as a psychic. Coincidence or not? Perhaps it was no coincidence that as I was reading about male dancers, I was riding to head banging music with a ripped military guy running on the treadmill in front of me.
Actually, psychics and strippers are the catalysts to bring together the mismatched lovers in BELIEVE IT OR NOT:
Do you believe in...accounting?
Numbers never lie, so Violet McGinn found safe haven in the most boring profession she could find. Until her renowned psychic mother lands in the hospital and Violet has to run her business. Now you can have your taxes filed and your aura read, in one convenient location.
Do you believe in...music?
Drew Watson is the jaded owner of the local hot spot next door, and doesn't need a single thing except a good crowd to dance to what he's spinning on Saturday night.
Do you believe in...love?
The only thing Violet and Drew seem to have in common is that neither believes in that psychic hoo—hah. Except Drew seems to play exactly the right song at exactly the right time. And truth be told, it makes Violet's heart dance just a little ...
Check out my review on Amazon at this link and Goodreads at this link. I am giving way a print copy of BELIEVE IT OR NOT to one randomly selected commenter. To enter the giveaway,
1. Leave a comment about '80s music - love it or loathe it? Do you listen to music while reading? exercising? cooking?
I often play 80s music for my children to demonstrate I had a life "before them". Recently, I played Winger's MILES AWAY and both my children just rolled their eyes. Sigh, Winger was easy on the eyes! I am going to dig out the CD now ...
2. This giveaway is open to all readers.
3. Comments are open through Saturday, March 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, March 18.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Tawna and her books, check out her website at tawnafenske.com.
To watch Winger's video, check out this link to You Tube.
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