Thursday, 31 July 2014

Interview with Christy Newton

Today I am welcoming Christy Newton on my blog.

Hi Christy

Thank you for coming on Comet Babe’s Books today.

Thanks for having me!

Can you tell us about your book A Guide to Love?
Daphne lives on Sand Crest Island and has been unlucky in love. She thinks she doesn’t need a man in her life until she meets Remy, a sexy rich guy from New York. Both are too stubborn to realize all they need is each other. Add in a few quirky friends, a busybody mom, and a cat and you have an island romance unlike any other.

Have you ever considered writing a different genre to Romance?
No. I think every story needs a little romance. I do write different genres of romance: suspense, contemporary and urban fantasy.

What are you future book plans and can you share and of this with us?
Right now I am working on my first urban fantasy. I plan on writing a Christmas book next.

Can you tell us what items are on your desk/writing area?
A glass of water with lemon, pens, post its, and my kindle.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
I like to read, watch TV, shop, and spend time with family.

Do you like it quiet when you're writing or do you need background noise?(music or TV)
I’d rather have quiet, but most times must write with noise.

If one of your books was made into a film/TV series, who would you like as the leading lady/man?
If one of my books was made into a movie, I’d be so happy I probably wouldn’t care. lol

Do you think bloggers enhance the publishing industry?
Of course they do! They help spread the word about books and keep people excited about reading.

Thank you for answering my questions.

Jo xx

Twitter: @CNewtonAuthor

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Interview with Kate Wrath

Today I would like to welcome Kate Wrath.

Hi Kate


Welcome to Cometbabesbooks.


Can you tell us about E?

Sure!  E is a dystopian adventure about a girl who has lost absolutely everything.  She’s plunged into the dark world of Outpost Three without so much as the knowledge of her own name.  I don’t want to say too much about what happens, but E is the story of hertrials and triumphs.  It’s about identity, true family, the bonds of friendship, and love.  All of these things are wrapped up in a tense plot with plenty of twists and turns.  It’s a page-turner, but one that will make you laugh and cry.  


I love the cover, can you tell us who designed it?

I did!  I worked on it for days.  At some points, I really didn’t think I was going to pull it off, but it all came together in the end.  


Can you tell us where you get the inspiration for your main characters?

I honestly have no idea.  It’s like lighting a flame and watching it grow.  They reveal themselves to me.  They must come from my subconscious.  That said, I do have characters in other books who were inspired by friends.  Well, one in particular.  And one that was inspired by my husband.  As for the characters in E, they all grew on their own.


What books do you like to read?

I have always tended toward sci-fi and fantasy, but I love stories that have a little of everything.  I don’t really read romances, but I’m usually disappointed if a story doesn’t have any romance.  I also love reading classics, though sometimes that feels like work.  The older I get, the broader my reading tastes get.  I think the biggest thing is a book needs to be well-written.  If I pick up a book and I’m bored on the first page, I probably won’t read it.  I just don’t have enough time for that.  I like books that are intelligent and use subtle literary devices.  For me writing is an art form, and I really appreciate when an author has the finesse to weave a story in an intricate way.  One example that I’ve recently read is Markus Zuzak’s The Book Thief.  I could not get enough of that book.  I also love when a book makes me cry.  When I read The Fault in Our Stars I had to shut myself in the bedroom for the second half of the book, because I was not just crying, but sobbing loudly.  And then, right now I’m trying to read more books by other indie authors to help support the movement.


If your book was made into a film, who would you have as the main characters?

This was the hardest question for me, because I really don’t have time to watch much tv or many movies, so I had no idea who I would cast.  You know, if I wastruly casting my own movie, I would probably want all the actors to be unknowns.  But, that being said, I think Eden would have a Kate-Beckinsale-in-Underworld vibe, but younger.  And maybe Matt would be someone like Jake Gyllenhaal?  I didn’t come up with anyone for my other main characters.  I don’t know.  You really shouldn’t ask me questions like this. That’s why they have directors!  


Are there any new authors that have grabbed your interest?

I’m always on the lookout for new things to read.  There’s a long list of things that I wouldn’t consider to be new.  But as far as new to me, I read the excerpt (but not the book, yet) of Beem Week’s Jazz Baby, and I really enjoyed it.  That is definitely on my to-read list.  Also, I’ve recently made friends with author Nicola S. Dorrington, and, though I haven’t read her book yet, I will be doing that very soon.  Her current book, The Last Knight, is a modern YA take on the Arthur legend.  I love when authors weave in mythology.  And then she has a new book coming out in a couple of weeks, Chasing Freedom—something about werewolves.  I can’t wait.

As a writer, do you think bloggers help sell more books?

Absolutely.  It’s really difficult to get a book out there.  Even harder if you’re an indie author.  I greatly appreciate all the bloggers (yourself included, Jo) that have helped me to reach new readers.  


Is it hard to write the synopsis for a book?

It’s so hard.  Imagine trying to condense over a hundred thousand words into one little paragraph.  Also, I really struggle between wanting to present my prospective readers with enough information, and spoiling what will actually happen.  Sometimes I feel it’s like this:  Today’s movie trailers are great.  You watch one and you’re like, “Wow, that was awesome!”  Then you go see the movie and you realize you didn’t need to watch it because you watched the trailer!  I really don’t want to do that to my readers, so I think my synopsis is very vague.  I want to give my prospective readers a hint of the flavor of my book without ruining the experience.  I really believe that part of the art of story-telling is how you meet the character, how you learn about the character’s situation.  Often my stories reveal things gradually, and no, you’re not supposed to know at the beginning.  So I would say, if you think my story might be something you want to read, try the free excerpt.  Once you read that you will know if you want to read on or not.


What is your favourite book and why?

Right now I am still pretty stuck on The Book Thief.  It was beautifully written, and it really inspired me.  I wanted to write something that amazing.  It wasn’t just the story, but the language.  The way the puzzle fit together.  The little taunts from the narrator that made me think I knew what was going to happen.  Awesome, awesome book.


Can you share a day in the life of Kate Wrath?

I get up really early so I can get in as much writing as possible.  Then, inevitably, I write longer than I should, so I rush to get ready for work and grab lunch on the way out the door.  I go pretend to be an artist for a while.  At lunch, I usually do something related to my writing—research, or sketching cover design ideas, or jotting down a few lines.  When I get home, it’s all typical domestic stuff.  We always sit down and eat dinner together as a family.  The evening is family time.  Depending on the night, I’ll usually spend some time writing before bed.  Then I do it all again.  On days I’m not working I spend a lot more time writing.  Usually eight hours at least.  So there’s not a lot of down time.  I could literally write ten hours a day, though, and be perfectly happy.  I can’t wait until I get to a point when writing gets to be my “job”.  That’s the dream.


Thank you for answering my questions.


Jo xx


Thank you for having me, Jo.  

About The Kate Wrath

Kate Wrath lives in the Southwestern US.  Much like other authors, she has both a [family] and a [pet].

[family = three crazy-but-lovable, exceedingly adorable people with longer eyelashes and better sense of humor than Kate]

[pet =lovable-but-crazy giant German Shepherd who pretends not to understand only when something is required of him]

Kate is the author of E, the first book in a dystopian series, and two fantasy novels that are soon to be released.

Kate believes in literature as an art form, world peace, and animal rights, but aspires to write total trash that is full of senseless violence, with characters who eat house pets.

 Twitter: @KateWrath




Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Are You There God? It's Me Margaret by Judy Blume

What They Say:
Life isn't easy for Margaret. She's moved away from her childhood home, she's starting a new school, finding new friends – and she's convinced she's not normal.

For a start she hasn't got a clue whether she wants to be Jewish like her father or Christian like her mother. Everyone else seems really sure of who they are. And, worst of all, she's a 'late developer'.

She just knows that all her friends are going to need a bra before she does. It's too embarrassing to talk to her parents about these things. So she talks to God instead - and waits for an answer . . .

What I Say:
I would like to thank Pan McMillan for approving this on netgalley, in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Where do I start?  I first read Judy Blume books when I was at school, so must be around 30 years ago.  Reading this again took me back to my teenage years, Judy has a real sense of teenagers in the throes of when will I grow (I must, I must….) I am sure I have seen that used in other books/programs. When will I start my period?

You can’t help but like Margaret, she is a normal teenager, although she doesn’t think she is.  She is struggling to decide what religion she is because of her parents none committal to any religion.  She does however have friends, but as with all teenage girls they don’t tell the truth about certain things now wanting to be the odd one or the last one to do something.

This is a sweet book of growing up and in parts I found myself laughing out loud, I’m sure when I was a teenager I thought it deadly serious.  I cringe now to think I was like Margaret but the truth is, yes I was, as I’m sure are all young girls.  I loved the bits where Margaret was talking to God.  

If you want to roll back the years this is a great read, this is a timeless read for all ages.  If you have a daughter I would recommend it them.

5 out of 5 stars

About the Author
Judy Blume spent her childhood in Elizabeth, NJ, making up stories inside her head. She has spent her adult years in many places, doing the same thing, only now she writes her stories down on paper. Adults as well as children will recognize such Blume titles as: Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret; Superfudge; Blubber; Just As Long As We're Together; and Forever. She has also written the best-selling novels Wifey; Smart Women; and, Summer Sisters. More than 75 million copies of her books have been sold, and her work has been translated into twenty-six languages.

She receives thousands of letters each month from readers of all ages who share their feelings andconcerns with her.

Judy received a B.S. in education from New York University in 1961, which named her a Distinguished Alumna in 1996, the same year that American Library Association honoured her with the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. She has won more than ninety awards, none more important than those coming directly from her youngest readers.

She serves on the boards of the Author's Guild, currently as Vice President; the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, where she sponsors an award for contemporary fiction; and the National Coalition Against Censorship, working to protect intellectual freedom. In Spring 2002, Judy was a spokesperson for the Cheerios "A Book for Every Child" literacy campaign which benefited Reading is Fundamental, America's largest literacy organization. She is also the founder and trustee of The Kids Fund, a charitable and educational foundation.

Judy's first book in the Fudge series, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, was published in 1972. She is thrilled to be celebrating its 30th Anniversary with the publication of Double Fudge. Just as generations of fans have loved the Fudge books, generations of Judy's family have inspired them. Thirty years ago, Fudge was inspired by her son, Larry, and now Double Fudge was written at the request of her grandson, Elliot.

Judy lives on islands up and down the East Coast with her husband George Cooper. They have three grown children and one grandchild.

Monday, 28 July 2014

Cover Reveal Tempted by a Rogue Prince by Felicity Heaton

Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates Romance Series Book 3)
Felicity Heaton

An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.

Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.

Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.

Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?

Pre-order links and a first chapter preview of Tempted by a Rogue Prince are available at:

Tempted by a Rogue Prince is due for release in ebook and paperback on August 9th 2014 and will be available from all major online book retailers.

Join Felicity’s mailing list to receive a notification when Tempted by a Rogue Prince is released, PLUS a sneak preview of the first 6 chapters of the book and chances to win a signed copy:

Books in the Eternal Mates paranormal romance series:
Book 4: Hunted by a Jaguar – coming in 2015

About Felicity Heaton:

Felicity Heaton is a New York Times and USA Today international best-selling author writing passionate paranormal romance books. In her books, she creates detailed worlds, twisting plots, mind-blowing action, intense emotion and heart-stopping romances with leading men that vary from dark deadly vampires to sexy shape-shifters and wicked werewolves, to sinful angels and hot demons! If you're a fan of paranormal romance authors Lara Adrian, J R Ward, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gena Showalter and Christine Feehan then you will enjoy her books too.

If you love your angels a little dark and wicked, the best-selling Her Angel series is for you. If you like strong, powerful, and dark vampires then try the Vampires Realm series or any of her stand-alone vampire romance books. If you’re looking for vampire romances that are sinful, passionate and erotic then try the best-selling Vampire Erotic Theatre series. Or if you prefer huge detailed worlds filled with hot-blooded alpha males in every species, from elves to demons to dragons to shifters and angels, then take a look at the new Eternal Mates series.

If you want to know more about Felicity, or want to get in touch, you can find her at the following places:

Just You by Jane Lark

Jane Lark’s Summer Extravaganza Tour + Giveaway!

No.1 best selling author Jane Lark is off on a Summer Extravaganza Tour! Writing in both the historical romance and new adult genres, Jane's books have resonated with readers around the world, securing her a large fan base who eagerly await each of her new releases.
Over the course of the next few weeks, the tour will be visiting some of the finest blogs on the block with reviews of the romantic Marlow Intrigues series and the gritty Starting Out books. You'll also find some guest posts from Jane and an exciting giveaway.
Today's stop is focusing on some sizzling New Adult and it's hot, hot, hot!
Just You

What They Say:

'#2 in the Starting Our Series. A sequel to the best selling novel I Found You
Don't judge a person until you really know them...

The morning after the New Year's Eve before...

Waking up to a new year with a killer hangover and hazy memories of a seriously hot hook-up the night before leaves Portia in an awkward situation... Did I, or didn't I? The only way she's going to find out is by standing up to the guy in question.

With no regrets, Justin is willing to play the gentleman and save Portia her embarrassment. Only then he gets a text saying, come over... and he's not gonna lie - this is friends with a lot of benefits!
But no matter how good the sex is, there's one thing Justin's not down with: being this shallow rich girl's secret..'.

What I Say:

I would like to thank BestChicklit and Jane Lark for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for and fair and honest review.

When we first meet Portia she is a little hungover from the New Year’s Eve Party the night before, unsure of what happened and not wanting to face up to what she may have done she decides to ignore the situation until she goes back to work (I’m sure we have all done this at some point in our lives).

Justin can’t believe what happened at the party with Portia and determined to have no regrets he is a gentleman that doesn’t kiss and tell.

Jane writes the book form both Portia and Justin’s point of view so you get a real feel of how they feel about each other.  They say don’t judge a book by its cover but as this shows you shouldn’t judge a person by the persona they present at work.

Portia and Justin are characters from the opposite ends of the social spectrum. Portia has rich parents, Justin lived in the rough part of town, but are they really so different under the make up and bravado, I’m not going to tell you, I would suggest you read the book to find out.  At the end of the day what is it that makes us happy, money? Family?  Each character is different but each has their secrets and things they aren’t happy with.

Jane has created a story you can easily get caught up in and not want to put down until the end, it is fast paced with a little bit of sauciness added in.  I loved this book so much; I’m going to have a readathon of Jane’s books.

5 out of 5 stars

Like what you've read so far? Check out Jane's books over on Amazon

Author Bio:

Jane is qualified to the equivalent of a Masters Degree in People Management and is fascinated by the things that craft people’s personalities, so she has great fun exploring these through characters. She lives in the United Kingdom near the Regency City of Bath and has just bought her 400 year old dream home. History has always tempted her imagination and she loves researching and also exploring ruins and houses to get ideas. She equally loves a love story. Jane has always aspired to writing a historical novel so when she was thirty she put it on her ‘to do before I am forty’ list. She completed her first novel ten years ago, never sent it anywhere then started the next. She’s not stopped writing since, and escaping into a mental world of fiction is a great painkiller to help fight off her Ankylosing Spondylitis.


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Friday, 25 July 2014

Books and Holidays Special Guest Post by Emma Jones

Today I would like to welcome Emma Jones with her books and holidays guest post.

Thanks to Jo for asking me to contribute to your books and holidays theme blog posts.

Below are two books that remind me of holidays and I think make perfect holiday reads. They are very different and therefore may suit different moods or peoples tastes. 

The first is a British crime fiction novel and the second is a humorous book based on 70’s camping holidays.

Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham

Book Blurb taken from Amazon
Perfect strangers. 

A perfect holiday. 

The perfect murder... 

Three couples meet around the pool on their Florida holiday and become fast friends. But on their last night, their perfect holiday takes a tragic twist: the teenage daughter of another holidaymaker goes missing, and her body is later found floating in the mangroves. 

When the shocked couples return home, they remain in contact, and over the course of three increasingly fraught dinner parties they come to know one another better. But they don't always like what they find: buried beneath these apparently normal exteriors are some dark secrets, hidden kinks, ugly vices... 

Then, a second girl goes missing. 

Could it be that one of these six has a secret far darker than anybody can imagine?

My Review
The plot focuses on three British couples (Angie & Barry, Sue & Ed and Marina & Dave) who meet on holiday in sunny FloridaOn the last day of their holiday a young girl with learning disabilities goes missing and is found murderedThe couples are all interviewed but allowed to return home.

The couples each exchange emails and end up arranging to meet up for dinner back in the UK. It’s over these dinners you learn more about each characterSome of the characters have a stereotypical feel e.g. –Loud salesman, timid wife but this adds to the twists and turnsAs we learn more about the sixholidaymaker’s it is clear they all have secrets to hideThe three dinner parties become more fraught especially when the couples are questioned further by the UK detective.

Suspicions are raised when a second girl from Kent disappears in similar circumstances and a young ambitiousdetective in the UK takes up the case.

I often guess the end of crime fiction but this one kept me guessing tell the end which I lovedalso liked the use of emails that broke the story up and added to the realistic feel of the situation.
I think this is a perfect holiday read. It is clever and had me hooked. Also the holiday theme makes you think of sunshine even if you maybe on a caravan site in the UK on a rainy afternoon.

The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy

Book Blurb taken from Amazon
Pack your suitcases, we're off!  
For the 70's child, summer holidays didn't mean the joy of CentreParcs or the sophistication of a Tuscan villa. They meant being crammed into a car with Grandma and heading to the coast. With just a tent for a home and a bucket for the necessities, we would set off on new adventures each year stoically resolving to enjoy ourselves. 
For Emma Kennedy, and her mum and dad, disaster always came along for the ride no matter where they went. Whether it was being swept away by a force ten gale on the Welsh coast or suffering copious amounts of food poisoning on a brave trip to the south of France, family holidays always left them battered and bruised.
But they never gave up. Emma's memoir, The Tent, The Bucket and Me, is a painfully funny reminder of just what it was like to spend your summer holidays cold, damp but with sand between your toes.

My Review
I loved this book. It made me smile and laugh throughout. It has an amazing feel good factor. It is not an actual novel but a collection of funny holiday trips. The book has 10 chapters each about a different event.
The first story made me actually laugh out loud. The car had broken down and was now temporarily fixed but it was imperative that it kept moving. However they needed to pick up the grandmother from her home in Wales.
“You want me to ask your seventy year old mother to jump into a moving car?” My mother blinked
My grandmother who was not fast at the best of times, skip-walked next to the open car door. She couldn’t quite muster the courage to jump. My mother gave her a shove. My grandmother falling into the car was in grave danger of being impaled on the gear stick. This was not how they did things in the valley.
Disasters and confusion are involved throughout. They were caught in gale force winds on a Welsh cliff top and Emma fell into a squat toilet having just arrived in France.
I’m not sure it would endear you to camping but is a brilliantly funny read with constant reminds of holidays in the70’s.

Twitter: @booksemmajones

Thanks Emma

Jo xx

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Release Day Post and Interview with Jill Knapp

What Happens to Men When They Move to Manhattan?
Jill Knapp

Harper Impulse| 7/24/2014 | EBook |

When you live in the fastest moving city on earth, how do you decide-
What is worth the chase?

Life in the city gives 23 year old Amalia Hastings a ride she is not expecting... As she tries to find her way on the little island that never sleeps, she discovers she has a harder time navigating through life then she does the streets of Greenwich Village!

Amalia thought she had everything she wanted – a new apartment in Manhattan, a first-rate education at NYU, a group of fabulous friends and Nicholas, a boyfriend who she once believed was her soul-mate. But somehow, it isn’t enough.

Stumbling through her relationships, Amalia encounters Michael. An attractive classmate who quickly moves from being one of her close friends, to an inconsistent friend-with-benefits. After all, the only thing consistent about New York is its beauty.

Amalia is essentially torn between two men, and Michael is torn between two women. Her best friend Cassandra is being strung along by her "boyfriend", Bryce, and even her friend Olivia is having a secret relationship!

After getting hopelessly lost searching for love in all the wrong places, Amalia finds herself asking – what happens to men when they move to Manhattan?!
Interview with Jill Knapp

Hi Jill

Thank you for coming on Comet Babes Books.

Can you please tell us about your book?
My book was originally self-published and titled Chase. I had in on the market for about 6 months until I was fortunate enough to sign my novel over to Harper Impulse. I have signed a 3 book deal with them and What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan? (Formerly known as Chase) is book #1 in a 3 book series I am working on.

The book takes place in New York Series and focuses on the life of Amalia Hastings and her two close friends Cassandra DeLuca and Olivia Davis. Amalia is a twenty-something woman who is stumbling through Mahattan trying to balance grad school with her relationships (both romantic and friendly).

Can you tell us more about Amalia?  Is she based on anyone you know or little bits of people you know?
Amalia is a 23 year old young woman who is a little crazy, but has a good heart. She had a very strict upbringing, and is now letting lose in Manhattan because of it. She gets her heart broken time and time again, but is lucky enough to have a great best friend who at the very least tries to cheer her up. She drinks a bit too much, and has a little too much fun, but throughout the book you see her grow and more importantly grow-up. She is based on bits and pieces of a lot of people I have known in NY. So are all of the other characters.

How did it feel when you were signed by the wonderful Harper Impulse team?
It felt fantastic. I am very lucky to be working with such a brilliant team of writers.

What are your future book plans?
I finished the first draft of the second book in my series, but do not yet have a release date for it. The goal is to have it out by fall 2014.

I read on Huffington post, that you taught and competed in figure skating, would you consider writing a book based around fictional figure skater?
I have thought about that, so the answer is yes. BUT I haven’t skated in such a long time that I would definitely need to do some research on the topic beforehand to make sure I get the technical side of it completely accurate. Competitive skating has changed quite a bit since my day.

Where is your favourite place to write and why?
My favorite places to write are in my kitchen or outside on my little balcony. It’s very hot hear in North Carolina, so lately all of my writing has been done in-doors!

Who/what inspired you to take up writing?
It was something I always wanted to do and one day I literally said to myself- enough with saying you’re going to write a book and start writing one!

Have you ever heard a strange/different story that you thought would be great in a book? 
I have, and I actually wrote a book about it. It’s a Middle Grade Fantasy novel called Golem Glam about a 12 year old girl who is actually a Golem. I am currently shopping that manuscript around with the hopes someone will publish it!

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
When I’m not writing, I like to sing (I take singing lessons) and I love to just be outside anyway I can. The beach is definitely my favorite thing in the world so if I had it my way, I’d be planted in the sand with a good book to read every day of my life!

Do you have a process for planning your books? Ie do you talk over an idea with a friend or a partner?
I did in the past, but no not anymore. I am actually pretty private when it come to my writing now. I don’t let anyone see it until it’s finished! (apart from my editor, of course)

Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions.

Jo xx

About the author:

 A native New Yorker, Jill Knapp is the author of the New Adult series What Happens To Men When They Move To Manhattan?. A former adjunct professor of Psychology at her Alma Mater Kean University, she received a Master’s degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan. A regular contributor to the Huffington Post and The High Tea Cast, Knapp writes about entertainment, dating, and the differences between city and suburban lifestyles.