Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Buzz: Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson: Book of the Year Finalist

Sleeping TigersAfter reading a couple of summaries of Holly Robinson’s novel Sleeping Tigers, I almost passed over it, labeling it women’s fiction. The bewilderment began to diminish after I started the book, because I actually liked it. I liked it a lot. My wife tells me I was incommunicado the entire time I was reading it. From now on I will be more careful about placing books in categories that I suspect I won’t enjoy.” ~ Schuyler T. Wallace, Amazon Reviews
Hello Digital Book Today readers. Today our book buzz segment is featuring Sleeping Tigers by Holly Robinson. Sleeping Tigers was the 2011 Book of the Year Fiction Finalist, ForeWord Reviews. It is currently rated 4.9 stars on 12 reviews by Amazon readers and is currently rated in The Top 100 (#82) in Women’s Fiction. Sleeping Tigers might be classified as ChickLit or women’s fiction, but don’t let this stop you from reading more about the story even if this isn’t your “genre”. Surprisingly not all the reviews have been by women! Holly Robinson is also the author of The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter (4.5 stars).

“This is such a terrific novel. I was “hooked” on it from the beginning. I really cared about the characters-I felt like I knew them forever. This is a book ultimately about self-discovery, love, bravery, the meaning of family; about commitment, character…all tied into wonderful adventure, an exotic locale, and sprinkled with humor and sex. I never wanted the book to end, but the ending was very right, very satisfying.~ Judith H. Block, Amazon Review

“This is the second Holly Robinson book that I’ve read and it’s fantastic! I just finished Sleeping Tigers and felt like I’d made new friends!~ Vicki Rizzardina, Amazon Reviews

Book Description: Jordan O’Malley has everything she ever wanted: a job she loves, a beautiful home, and a dependable boyfriend. When her life unravels after a breast cancer scare, Jordan decides to join her wildest childhood friend in San Francisco and track down her drifter brother, Cam, who harbors secrets of his own. When Cam suddenly flees the country, Jordan follows, determined to bring him home. Her journey takes her to the farthest reaches of majestic Nepal, where she encounters tests–and truths–about love and family that she never could have imagined.
Funny, heartbreaking, and suspenseful, Sleeping Tigers reminds us all that sometimes it’s better to follow your heart instead of a plan. Read more on Amazon.

About the Author:
I never meant to be a writer. I studied biology in college because I wanted to be a doctor – preferably one of those doctors who’s always jetting off to villages in Africa to save thousands of lives in a single weekend. But life intervened during my last semester of college, when I chose a class in creative writing.
From the moment I sat down to write, I became completely absorbed in my work. While I was writing, seven hours could pass like seven minutes. To the horror of my parents, I abandoned the idea of medical school to become a writer, promising that, if I didn’t get to be rich or famous in, oh, a year or so, I’d let common sense rule and find a real career.

Of course, none of that happened. A year went by. Two. Then more. As I became even more engrossed in the writing process, I did what all writers do to support my secret habit: I worked a thousand odd jobs, from proofreading telephone books (really) to construction. I kept writing, filling up the corners of my life and lots of paper with words.

Then one day, as I was driving home from the grocery store, a title floated across the windshield of my car: The Gerbil Farmer’s Daughter. After I finished laughing, my mouth went dry. I knew I had the title of my first book, which sets out to answer this question: How did my father, a career Navy man, end up on a farm with 9,000 gerbils?

Buy your copy of Sleeping Tigers on Amazon.
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Sleeping Tigers is the kind of book you wish didn’t have to end. Fast-moving and funny, loaded with sex, adventure, and characters who feel like your oldest friends, it takes the reader through fabulous, keenly-observed settings as it follows one woman on a brave journey of self-discovery. Robinson’s prose crackles with wit and humanity. ~ Elisabeth Brink author of Save Your Own
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