Change your fortune

Fortune Cafe

I’m taking part in the book blast for The Fortune Cafe’s release this week. It’s the first book of its kind that I’ve read–a novel written in three parts by three different authors. How cool is that?

I didn’t know what to expect, but just like the characters in this book have their fortunes turn after breaking open a fortune cookie from the Fortune Cafe, I feel that my fortune changed for the better from reading this. It was like breaking open my very own magical fortune cookie and seeing dreams come true. Fun, fun, fun. I highly recommend this little gem. Here’s a synopsis.

The Fortune Café

MIS-FORTUNE: Emma, a waitress at The Fortune Café will do anything to avoid opening a fortune cookie. Each fortune is rumored to somehow magically come true. Being a girl grounded in reality, she doesn’t have time for that kind of nonsense. But when trying to prevent a food fight at the café, Emma accidently cracks open a fortune cookie: “Look around, love is trying to catch you.” If there is one thing that Harrison, her former best friend in high school is good at, it’s catching her unaware.

LOVE, NOT LUCK: Lucy has always been lucky . . . until her parents meet her fiancé’s parents at a disastrous lunch at The Fortune Café, and she breaks her lucky jade necklace. Even worse, her fortune cookie reveals that “True love is for the brave, not the lucky.” How is she supposed to read that? She’s always considered it lucky how she met her fiancé. But after breaking her necklace, Lucy’s luck takes a dive. And when her fiancé dumps her, the only person she can turn to is Carter, the unluckiest guy she knows.

TAKEOUT: Stella is content in her new life of taking over her mom’s jewelry shop. No more boyfriend to worry about, and as long as she stays busy, she doesn’t have to dwell on her non-existent love life. When Evan comes into the shop with his young daughter, Stella is charmed. But she is reluctant to complicate her straightforward life, so when she reads her fortune after ordering takeout from The Fortune Café, she completely ignores it. After all, how can a fortune as vague as “Do the thing you fear and love is certain,” apply to her?

You can find The Fortune Cafe at Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Kobo / Goodreads

About the Authors

JulieWJulie Wright started her first book when she was fifteen. She’s written over a dozen books since then, is a Whitney Award winner, and feels she’s finally getting the hang of this writing gig. She enjoys speaking to writing groups, youth groups, and schools. She loves reading, eating writing, hiking, playing on the beach with her kids, and snuggling with her husband to watch movies. Julie’s favorite thing to do is watch her husband make dinner. She hates mayonnaise, but has a healthy respect for ice cream.

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Melanie Bennett Jacobson is an avid reader, amateur cook, and champion shopper. She consumes astonishing amounts of chocolate, chick flicks, and romance novels. After meeting her husband online, she is now living happily married in Southern California with her growing family and a series of doomed houseplants. Melanie is a former English teacher and a sometime blogger who loves to laugh and make others laugh. In her down time (ha!), she writes romantic comedies and pines after beautiful shoes.

 HeatherMHeather B. Moore is a USA Today bestselling author. She writes historical thrillers under the pen name H.B. Moore, her latest is Finding Sheba. Under Heather B. Moore she writes romance and women’s fiction. She’s the co-author of The Newport Ladies Book Club series. Other women’s novels include Heart of the Ocean, The Fortune Café, the Aliso Creek Series, and the Amazon bestselling Timeless Romance Anthology Series.

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I loved how these authors each wrote a different section of the book with different characters, yet the stories and people all intertwined and wove together into a satisfying whole. I felt like I had actually walked along Tangerine Street and could hear the ocean waves. And now I crave Chinese food and will never take for granted those cardboard tasting fortune cookies again. Isn’t it time you changed your fortune too?


30 thoughts on “Change your fortune

  1. I absolutely love this idea and really want to try it someday. Writing a 3 part with friends. Slices of Night was like that. Alex Kava, Deb Carlin and I can’t think of the 3rd author. Such a great concept. And it would be a lot of fun, too!

    • Yeah, as I read it, I kept thinking how much work and planning had to go into it to make it read so smoothly and intertwine like it did.

  2. Sounds like an entertaining book. I’m always awed by talented writers and creative story lines. Writing is such a challenge for me. I just may have to get on Amazon today 🙂

    • You write amazing posts about all the places you visit. So I don’t think writing is hard for you unless it’s about something you really don’t want to write about anyway.

  3. That’s great, a fun way to write a novel. Like a more grown up version of that game where you each write a line of a story and fold it over for the next person to write a line. I’m craving chinese food now too!

    • I hadn’t read one like it either. It gave the book a fun element to consider. I kept wondering–How much planning did this take for them to do? How much interaction and revising did it take to get it just right? Probably a lot…but it had to be a blast!

    • Yeah, me too. But I bet with a lot of collaboration and input from the others, it wouldn’t be as scary and we wouldn’t stinketh if we tried our hand at it.

  4. That’s a good way to do it – with different sections or characters – and then each writer has two interested beta readers. I’ll have to look this one up – thank you!

  5. What a fun idea. I’d love to do something like that with my sister. We talked about doing a not-so-true account of our family. 😉 Thanks for the recommendation.

  6. 3 different authors for a single book is quite interesting and I love the idea of fortune cookies telling the future! Do you know how many times I’ve had fortunes that were wonderful, if only they became true?

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