Carpe Bead 'Em [NOOK Book]

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***WINNER OF EFESTIVAL OF WORDS WOMEN'S FICTION CATEGORY 2012***

Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she ...
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Carpe Bead 'Em

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Overview

***WINNER OF EFESTIVAL OF WORDS WOMEN'S FICTION CATEGORY 2012***

Orphaned at a young age, Hallie Mediate was raised by her (slightly) crazy Great Aunt Grace on the wrong side of the tracks in Cincinnati. Hallie dreamed of escaping her hometown and never looking back. After putting herself through college, landing her dream job in Chicago, and starting a romance with her handsome running partner Bo Pompillio, life is finally exactly as she wants it.

That is, until she’s transferred back to the hometown. Not wanting her past to cross paths with her future, Hallie puts her relationship with Bo on hold.

When she arrives in town, Hallie finds crazy Aunt Grace rummaging through a dumpster looking for the “perfect” welcome home gift for her niece. That’s just the beginning. After that, Aunt Grace stays busy by dying her stolen poodle’s hair pink and leaving the dog on her apartment roof to pee, throwing bricks out the window at passing neighbors, and climbing every flag pole to kiss the ornamental eagle.

Hallie finds some sanity at a local jewelry-making class where she uncovers a hidden talent for beading. When her talent is discovered by a major department store jewelry buyer, Hallie realizes that what she had in Chicago might not have been her dream life after all.

When faced with the choice of moving back to Chicago and Bo or taking a leap of faith to start her own jewelry company (with Aunt Grace in tow), Hallie has to make a decision. Will she let her past and her future collide, or will she or keep searching for the happiness she may already have found?
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Editorial Reviews

Jane Porter
"Humorous, fresh, and fun Carpe Bead 'Em is not to be missed." Bestselling author, Jane Porter
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012468864
  • Publisher: Tonya Kappes
  • Publication date: 5/12/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 149,152
  • File size: 613 KB

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"Carpe Bead'em is fun with a capital F. It's sad, funny, inspiring, quirky, and great chick lit! It shows that you never know what's round the corner, and anything's possible if you just take a chance on life! Perfect summer reading." Bestselling author, Sibel Hodge

"I loved how Tonya Kappes was able to bring her characters to life." Coffee Table Reviews

"I loved this book. Grandberry Falls is my kind of town and I for one would love to live there and get to know all the local folks. I enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to read the next book about Grandberry Falls by Tonya Kappes. I have added Tonya Kappes as one of my new favorite authors." Jean Segal

"I love it when I pick up a book because of its cover and the story to follow is just as great or better. That's what happened here." Stephanie Overton

"I read this in a day and loved it! You felt that you were part of Grandberry Falls. The small town folks who know everyone and know everything about someone in a matter of hours." Avid Reader

"This book was fun, entertaining and good to the last page. Who knew reading auras could get Olivia in so much trouble? Sit back, smile and cozy up to Splitsville.com, where Olivia does the dumping for you. There's heap loads of humor, a dose of magical realism, sprinkles of romance, and mystery when someone ends up dead!" Author Lisa Lim

"I was looking for something different and easy to read...meaning nothing too involved, something that if I put down could come back to and remember all the characters and where I left off at...well I didn't put it down I finished it in a day... what a great read !!" Cimarron


Tonya Kappes is a best selling author women's fiction and cozy mystery. Her novel Splitsville.com is a double finalist in the Mystery and Humorous categories in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Carpe Bead 'em is the winner in the eFestival of Words 2012.

When she's not writing about quirky characters and even quirkier situations, she's busy being the princess, queen and jester of her domain which includes her BFF and three teenage boys.

Vist Tonya at Tonyakappes.blogspot.com
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted May 15, 2011

    A Great Read

    The words can't describe how much I LOVE his book They say you can never go back home, but Hallie does and something wonderful happened; she discovered her meaning in life and embraced it from her friendships, her career-path and her crazy Aunt Grace. There are several laugh-out-loud moments that will tickle your funny bone as well as some tender moments. This is an endearing story that will capture your heart.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2011

    Highly Reccomend

    I loved this book!
    The characters are so wonderful, makes you want to sit right down
    and start beading and chatting with them! Hopefully Tonya will keep this series going!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2011

    WOW!!

    Funny, funny, funny! Tonya Kappes puts the fun back in writing! Her characters are full of color. I love how Hallie's character grew throughout the novel. I laughed, laughed, and cried! I hope she does a series on these characters!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 13, 2011

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    There's a New Queen of Quirky-Crazy Characters in the Indie Epub World...and it's Tonya Kappes!

    Prepare to laugh your (fill in the blanks)... There's a new queen of Quirky-Crazy Characters in the Indie Epub World...and it's Tonya Kappes! Her high-class hillbilly, farcical adventures are over-the-top unique! Cheers to you, Tonya, and to your Carpe Bead'em Cast & Crew!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2011

    Clever and Crafty: A Perfect Combination

    What could be better than a book that brings a young woman home to where she belongs, has a rascally pooch, and centers around beading and discovering and following your dream? Carpe Bead 'Em has it all. Hallie's been trying to escape her past, but, as we all know, that's impossible. She ends up back with her Aunt Grace, and along the way, Hallie discovers what's really important to her. She's like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, clicking her heels together to realize that what she's wanted has been there the whole time, if only she'd been willing to see it.

    This is the perfect beach read as we roll into summer!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2011

    A Fun read

    Not only will you laugh out-loud over Aunt Grace's antics, and the pink poodle, but find Hallie's journey inspirational and touching. This is a book that's hard to put down, and Hallie finds herself in a life in her old city.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2015

    I'm actually torn with book. I started out liking the characters

    I'm actually torn with book. I started out liking the characters well enough, and the circumstances with Hallie leaving her beloved Chicago for Cincinnati kept me interested. I had a problem with a few things but overlooked it until about halfway through and it started to annoy me. Hallie is upset moving back to Ohio, understandable but it's a move up with her job and temporary. She has a huge crush on Bo but it seems every time he tells her he needs to speak to her seriously, she blows him off. Her aunt may not seem as crazy if Hallie would put her foot down on a few things instead of just blowing her off as "crazy". She's upset with Bo instead of confronting him she runs away. By the end I was annoyed with Hallie but I did like most of the secondary characters who kept me reading. This was just my feelings others look at it differently, you decide.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2011

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 11, 2011

    Fine, whatever

    After reading the other reviews i cannot believe no one else got sick of the middle school plot, grammar and spelling errors.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Fun read with an emotional pull.

    I went to bed a little early last night, for the sole purpose of trying to get a little reading in. I hadn't really read all day long and was having a little withdrawal going on.

    Armed with my Nook and good ole Nook light I set off to just read a little bit. I believe I was on Chapter Nine when I started reading last around 10pm . . and I was finished with the book around 2am.

    Would you HONESTLY like to know the shape I was in when I finished the book?!?!
    All I can say is, I'm glad I didn't wake anyone up . . but dang my eyes are sure puffy this morning!

    What could I possibly be talking about . . . Well, to start with we have Hallie. She lost her parents when she was younger and ended up be raised by her Aunt Grace. Living in a less than stellar apartment building in Cincinnati, Hallie wasn't popular by any means. Getting away from there was at the top of her to do list. Fast forward to after college and you find Hallie living in Chicago with one of her Best Friends, Lucy. Working for Gucci, her dream job . . . Hallie is pretty content.

    Then one day, everything changes. Piper shows up to spread the "good" news! (ha) Hallie is less than excited to be making the career changing step, but it's only 3 months . . right?

    What could happen in 3 months?!?!?!

    Hallie settles in to find her groove. She visits her "Crazy" Aunt Grace and Uncle Jimmy, and only reminds herself of why she wanted out so badly. Continuing to run, to train for a marathon, she can't help but think of how she misses Bo (the entire reason she started running in the first place). It's during a morning run she runs head first into the world of beading.

    Hold on because things getting a little crazy here. Life starts to change for Hallie in ways she never thought would happen. By the end of the book, the Hallie you started with will no longer be there . . . and you're left holding the story of a changed young woman.

    A fun read with great message.

    Every moment counts and life is too short to hold a grudge.
    Always remember, somethings aren't always what they seem.

    So, my advice . . pick up your copy, a box of tissue and get ready for girlfriends, family, and a pink poodle.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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