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Stealing Adda: A Novel Paperback – February 28, 2006

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Romance writer Leigh (Blackheart) makes her debut in the Christian market with this tale based at least partly on her life experience. Adda Sinclaire is a bestselling romance novelist with a case of writer's block and a lingering interest in Christianity. Like most chick-lit heroines, she has a knack for ridiculous situations, whether that's pulling out a clump of her nemesis's hair or sticking her tongue out at a good-looking guy across a restaurant (who turns out to be the publisher trying to acquire her next book). If at times unbelievable, the plot moves quickly and will draw readers in. Nick, the good-looking publisher, becomes Adda's love interest (although technically their relationship is "strictly business"). Stick Woman, her archenemy, accuses Adda of plagiarizing one of her books, forcing Adda into hiding. Add a dose of family conflict, an insistent would-be lover and a supporting cast of several characters who happen to be Christian, and you have the makings of compelling inspirational romance. Traditional romance readers may also be attracted to this title-Adda's investigation of Christianity, if a bit forced, plays a supporting role, and readers are never browbeaten. And if the conclusion is primarily about the improvement of Adda's character, Leigh also fulfills her readers' expectations of the romance genre.
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Life for Adda Sinclaire, New York Times best-selling author, Historical Romance Writer Extraordinaire, ironically reads more like a country song than a bodice-bursting, breathless affair. For starters, she has no actual romance in her life. That might have something to do with the fact that her husband-correction-EX husband-ran off with Stick Woman, whom everyone knew would never be more that a mid-list author anyway. To add insult to injury (and another verse to the country song), he not only took their dog but gave it to her. If this isn't enough, Adda's come down with a horrible case of writer's block and finds herself the unwitting target of a romance cover model's misdirected (and completely unreciprocated) amorous advances. Just when she catches her breath-and quite possibly the eye of a certain fabulously good-looking man-her arch-nemesis gives the pot one final stir.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; Student/Stdy Gde edition (February 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576839257
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576839256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,814,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Once upon a time, in a big, big city, there was a romance writer whose life had absolutely no resemblance to anything she wrote...

Stealing Adda by author Tamara Leigh is a story about a romance novelist with a woefully mixed up take on relationships. Adda Sinclair is a New York Times bestselling author who seems incapable of developing the kind of intimacy she so easily writes about but so desperately desires in her own life. Adda finds herself battling writer's block, nail biting, and a hidden attraction to a tall, dark man who also happens to be her new publisher (read: forbidden fruit). The story is a riot of misadventure and comic slapstick as Adda stumbles from one mind-boggling scene to another.

Adda's arch-nemesis - dubbed the "Stick Woman" haunts her at every turn: at restaurants, writers' conferences, and at bookstores where her own romance novels compete for shelf space. Stick Woman steals Adda's husband and her dog, then has the audacity to accuse Adda of plagiarizing one of her own books. During the course of the story Adda learns that to forgive is divine, but to downright despise someone is totally human.

This novel has a unique storyline, great delivery, and characters you can really sink your teeth into (if you're into that sort of thing). Stealing Adda is one of the funniest books I have read in a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it from beginning to end, and I can't wait to sink my teeth into Tamara Leigh's next novel.
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What's not to love about Adda Sinclaire? From her fingernail polish obsession to her handling of her jaded agent, ex-husband and arch-nemeses, Adda had me laughing, cheering, crying, and dreaming! This book is hilarious (the laugh out loud kind), witty, creative and well-written with a great cast of characters and wonderful storyline...especially loved Prim & Improper. Tamara Leigh has hit one out of the park with Stealing Adda and I cannot wait to read more from this very talented author. As a romance reader, I was happy with the story and it's ending. As a Christian, I was happy with the story and it's ending...this book gave me all I wanted and then some. Highly recommended!
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Author Tamara Leigh’s ingenious wit and satirical comedy knows no bounds in Stealing Adda. Captivating and entertaining from start to finish, I was as addicted to this story as Adda was to her infinite range of nail polish! In ‘Stealing Adda’, we follow the life and plight of Adda, a New York Times best-selling romance novelist, as she navigates the pressures of deadlines, writer’s block, fans, and unscrupulous and immoral people in both her professional and personal life. Not to mention a certain handsome, smoldering-eyed editor. Adda’s quirks and rich personality were a highlight, but it was the exposed and tender emotions that sometimes surfaced that really affected me deeply. To say that Tamara Leigh has a way with words is an understatement, and testament to that was the fact I was both laughing and crying throughout this story… Once, at the same time! I highly recommend this inspiring and engaging novel!
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I had a fun time reading this book. Tamara Leigh has brought the world of book writing and publishing to life with this very enjoyable book. I can't put it down and then I didn't want it to end. Like many other people have said...........BEWARE ........you may stay up really late and forget about those around you because you just can't stop! FUN BOOK! Tamara,, is any of this taken from real life experiences?😀
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I have always enjoyed Tamara Leigh's books. I just recently found out that she has moved to writing inspirational fiction and that was exciting for me as a Christian. This is the first inspirational fiction book I've read from her.

Overall, I enjoyed Leigh's telling of the story. Adda was funny, sometimes sad, and generally heartwarming. The chemistry between Adda and Nick *chocolates* was evident and built upon well. All side characters showed interesting dimensions except B. Roth (she was very one dimensionally bad). Don't read the rest as there are some spoilers if you don't want to know them.

However, the reason I cannot give this book a 5 star is that there were a couple of plot holes that drove me mad. The most obvious one was the part where Nick shows Adda excerpts of Stick Woman's best-selling book and Adda fails to recognize that it is her writing and story. She just thinks that it seems familiar. This is very unbelievable to me as she is at that very moment also re-working on that same book. At that point, I already knew that plagiarism was going to be part of the story later.

The other contention I had was a smaller scene and not as important but for some reason, really stuck in my head. This is the scene where Adda's writing is flowing in the airplane and the flight attendant comes by and switches the computer off. Firstly, this is unreal as I doubt any flight attendant would do that (do I hear lawsuit?). Secondly, Adda turns the computer on later only to find that it has stopped working completely and she does not make a fuss at all with the attendant (this from a woman who pulls out hair from her archenemy).
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