Tuesday, January 1, 2013

On Tour, Voices and a Giveaway: The Green Ticket by Samantha March

College junior Alex Abrams scores her dream job at the ripe age of twenty – manager to a successful salon and spa. Thrilled to finally have a real adult job, Alex enthusiastically jumps into the world of schedules, conference calls, and getting a massage when interviewing prospective employees. What she doesn’t expect are the very grown-up issues that comes with a demanding boss. Kevin Dohlman quickly becomes Alex’s worse nightmare – covering up his affairs, dealing with his enormous ego, and trying to protect her female staff from him becomes a full-time job in its own right. Alex has also befriended Kevin’s wife and co-owner, Dani, and is trying to keep Kevin’s secrets hidden from her. The situation only worsens when Kevin starts paying Alex off to make sure she keeps her insider knowledge to herself.

While struggling to keep her wits and stay happy with her new grown-up job, Alex is juggling college courses, a new love interest, and keeping up with her close group of girlfriends. When her roommate and best friend Lila gets offered an opportunity to move to Los Angeles and sign with an agent, Alex realizes her life truly is changing, and everyone around her – including herself – is growing up. Knowing she is faced with some hard decisions ahead, Alex struggles with keeping her job at Blissful. But does she really want to throw away what she dreamed of as a career – or will the secret-keeping for Kevin become too much to handle? The Green Ticket is a story about morals versus money, and how one young woman navigates the shaky line between the two. ~~ synopsis from Goodreads

My thoughts about The Green Ticket ~~

Samantha has done it again with a wonderful story with characters you come to love, or hate, in some cases. Alex and her friends are college students trying to find their way in the world, dealing with school, work and boyfriends. It has been, ahem, quite a few years since I have been in college but this story took me back there. The girls are having fun while trying to become the wonderful adults they will end up being.

Alex lands her dream job but then finds herself having to deal with some awkward situations and an unethical boss at work. Is she going to be able to do the right thing? She loves her job but hates having to keep secrets.

I loved the mix of characters that are Alex's friends at school. They all have different personalities but they are all there for each other and support whatever is going on in their lives. As they mature they make decisions that will separate them but you just know that they will remain friends for life, there is nothing like that college bond among friends.

Alex is the one that grows the most, I think. After she gets the job at Blissful, she really changes and becomes a very responsible woman. She is torn between making the money she knows she could make by going along with the shady dealings of her boss or getting out with her honor intact.

The Green Ticket is a realistic look into the college lives of a group of young women and a chance to watch them try to figure out what they want out of life. It is also a great look at right vs. wrong, money vs. morals. The Green Ticket is a truly wonderful story and I am excited to see what Samantha writes next.

Samantha talks about her voices ~~

Welcome to The Book Bag, Samantha! I love your books and I appreciate all the hard work you put into CLP Blog Tours - you are A-mazing! Today, I welcome you here as an author and I am so excited that you are willing to answer the question that I like to ask the authors that I host.

So here goes ~~
I have heard other authors say that they 'hear voices in their head' and that is how they write their books: the characters are telling their stories. Not being a writer myself, that concept has always intrigued me.

When some people hear voices, we get them medical attention, others end up becoming writers. Does this happen to you? How do you come up with your stories?
I definitely have voices in my heads, and a lot of times, it’s like a movie is playing in there. This generally happens for me at night, when I am laying in bed and trying to fall asleep. Characters start moving and talking, scenes get played out, and I learned early on to put a notebook and pen on my nightstand so I can easily jot things down as soon as they come to me. Does this worry me? Eh, in the beginning, I did think I was a little crazy.
I can literally see something and a scene will pop into my head, something that I can write about - and that is in no way limited to my current project. For example, I’ll be walking along and pass a woman talking a cell phone, yelling loudly about how she already did that and she won’t do it again. My mind races. What could she be talking about? A cheating spouse she took back? Picking up the dry cleaning? I create a scenario in my head, and there are plenty of occasions where something like that ends up in a novel. You never know where inspiration will strike, and I think writers just learn to deal with this!
About the author

Samantha March is an author, editor, publisher, blogger, and all around book lover. She runs the popular book/women’s lifestyle blog ChickLitPlus, which keeps her bookshelf stocked with the latest reads and up to date on all things health, fitness, fashion, and celebrity related. In 2011 she launched her independent publishing company Marching Ink and her debut novel Destined to Fail. When she isn’t reading, writing, or blogging, you can find her cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

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Amazon: Print or eBook
Barnes and Noble: eBook
Kobo: eBook
Marching Ink: Print

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**Everyone who leaves a comment on the tour page (click here) will be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card! Anyone who purchases their copy of The Green Ticket before January 7 and sends their receipt to Samantha (at) ChickLitPlus (dot) com, will get five bonus entries.**


  1. Thank you so much for having me Susan!

  2. Sounds like a great read!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    Happy New Year!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com


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