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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca; Original edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140225718X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402257186
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #420,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fenske hits all the right humor notes... She handles the cast of oddball characters well, making them sympathetic, funny and very real. 4 1/2 Stars" - RT Book Reviews

"Snappy, endearing dialogue and often hilarious situations unite the couple, and Fenske proves to be a romance author worthy of a loyal following. STARRED Review" - Booklist

"Another riotous trip down funny bone lane... Readers will be enchanted by this bewitching fable from a wickedly wise author." - Library Journal Xpress

"A delightful romance..." - Reader, I Created Him

"Tawna Fenske is my new favorite humorous romance author... Quirky and humorous, Fenske's sophomore release will strike a chord and have you humming along." - The Book Swarm

"There's some humor, some love, some frustration, and A WHOLE LOTTA FUN." - What's on the Bookshelf

"There wasn't anything I didn't love about this quirky, humorous and very unique novel, and I recommend it to all contemporary romance fans." - The Romance Reviews

"Fenske's writing is clever and humorous. Her characters are complex and yet realistic." - Long and Short Reviews

"A delightfully amusing book. I was immersed in the story with zany antics, psychic stories, and colorful characters." - Book Savvy Babe

"A light, funny read. A romantic comedy with peculiar characters in a different setting." - Leslie's Psyche

About the Author

Tawna Fenske traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek. An avid globetrotter with a fondness for the sea, Tawna is the author of the popular daily blog Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing and lives in Bend, Oregon.

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Tawna Fenske writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. She traveled a career path that took her from newspaper reporter to English teacher in Venezuela to marketing geek to PR manager for her city's tourism bureau. An avid globetrotter and social media fiend, Tawna is the author of the popular blog, Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing, and a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband in Bend, Oregon, where she'll invent any excuse to hike, bike, snowshoe, float the river, or sip wine on her back deck.

Tawna has published several romantic comedies with Sourcebooks, including Making Waves, which was nominated for contemporary romance of the year by RT Book Reviews. She also writes interactive fiction capers for Coliloquy and the steamy, heartwarming Front and Center series for Entangled Publishing. Tawna's quirky brand of comedy and romance has won praises from Kirkus Reviews, which noted, "Up-and-coming romance author Fenske sets up impeccable internal and external conflict and sizzling sexual tension for a poignant love story between two engaging characters, then infuses it with witty dialogue and lively humor. An appealing blend of lighthearted fun and emotional tenderness."

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By R. Harris on March 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book manages to be an entire romantic comedy starring John Cusack, with a ton of music references, a touch of magical realism, and a heavy dose of swoon thrown in for good measure.

I first discovered Tawna on Twitter because she shares an agent with Kiersten White (PARANORMALCY), and then I found her daily blog. I knew that if Tawna was half as funny and charming in her books as she is on Don't Pet Me, I'm Writing--where she routinely makes me snort completely unladylike and spit drink onto my computer screen--then I was gonna be in for a treat. And y'all, she's even better.

BELIEVE IT OR NOT is a funny, music-filled adventure filled with psychics, butt rock, male strippers, kooks, and hippies. It also touches your heart. It's about a woman, Violet, who has run from her family legacy of spiritual enlightenment to become a boring accountant across the country. When she returns to run the store after her mother's hospitalization, she meets the sexy, not-gay owner of the bar next-door that happens to spotlight male strippers several nights a week. She also discovers an interesting connection between his music of choice, 80's butt rock, and her newfound spiritual gift.

This story hooked me from the very beginning and I loved every minute of it. I had no clue where Tawna was gonna take me, but I knew it would be entertaining. What I didn't expect was all the warm gooeyness buried inside, the real journey each of the characters went on, the almost innocence threaded through the lives of all the minor characters. Who'd a thunk a book about male strippers could be so endearing? That's the magic of Tawna Fenske, and the magic embedded in BELIEVE IT OR NOT.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kim Adams on March 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Here's something to think about: How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'? - Jay Leno

Both Violet McGinn and Drew Watson would agree with Jay Leno. They come into contact, and share this opinion, when Violet's mother, Moombeam, has an accident. Moonbeam offers psychic services in a studio next to Drew's bar. But not just a bar, but a hot spot featuring exotic male dancers on the weekend.

Moonbeam, believing her daughter has the gift, blackmails Violet - she'll consider modern medicine for recovery if Violet takes over her psychic business. Granted, Violet fled to the other side of the country to pursue a "normal" life as an accountant. Yet Violet accepts, assuming she can bluff her way through appointments while her mother recovers under the care of a medical doctor (not a witch doctor).

The bar's wall thumping music from 80s hair bands seem to give Violet clues to solving local mysteries that satify Moonbeam's customers. Likewise, Violet's heart thumping body distracts Drew - he has no intention of getting involved with a straight laced accountant, especially if she is his cooky neighbor's daughter.

Ah, love works magic on these mismatched lovers. BELIEVE IT OR NOT delivers pop culture, sexual inneundos, quirky characters, and laugh out loud moments that make it an entertaining read.

Fenske follows up her successful debut, MAKING WAVES, with another charming story of love conquers all. Sourcebooks provided an ARC for this review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Heather BookSavvyBabe on March 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Believe It or Not is a fun, cute contemporary romance story. Violet is a woman at odds with herself, she grew up with an eccentric "psychic" mother. Her mother, named Moonbeam, is in the hospital and Violet takes over her mother's business while she recovers. As an accountant, and not believing in psychic ability, Violet has mixed feelings about pretending to be a psychic, but she feels she has no choice. The business next to the psychic shop is a bar that features male strippers on the weekends, and Drew is the hottie who runs it. Violet and Drew develop an attraction, but business and hesitations get in the way of developing a relationship. As Violet begins acting as a psychic, she begins to think maybe psychics aren't as fake as she once thought.

I really enjoyed this book, it is a very fun read and I was thoroughly entertained by the hippie/naturalist nature of Violet's mother and her friends. I like Violet as a character, she is trying to be a "normal" person despite her abnormal upbringing. I also like Drew, who has his own issues to overcome. He had been hurt by his ex-wife and has relationship issues, not to mention his distaste for the "psychic" business next door.

Believe It or Not is a delightfully amusing book. I was immersed in the story with zany antics, psychic stories, and colorful characters. The pacing is excellent, there is a good balance between the funny moments and the more serious times. Both Violet and Drew have to come to terms with their pasts and make decisions for the future, and I love how the story wound up.

I enjoyed reading Believe It or Not so much that I added other books by Tawna Fenske to my to-read list. I am very happy to have enjoyed the book and I am looking forward to reading Tawna Fenske's other stories. Contemporary romance readers, I highly recommend reading Believe It or Not.

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