Monday, September 10, 2012

Blog Tour: Mahogany Slade by Stephen Robinson

Sage's Blog Tours proudly presents the Mahogany Slade Blog Tour. I am excited to kick off the tour and share my review of this fantastic novel.

Mahogany Slade
by Stephen Robinson
Date Published: September 2012
Pages: 354

Book Synopsis:

Beautiful, sophisticated, and unpredictable, Janet Tomalin represents every fantasy Brad Carlton grew up having -- and more than a few he never realized.

When they meet on their first day of college in Athens, Georgia, the stylish New Yorker completely upends the staid Southerner's ordered universe.  They fall for each other intensely and completely. It's the all-consuming passion of a natural performer and her adoring audience.

There's just one problem: Mahogany Slade, the woman from Janet's not-so-distant past... and inescapable future. Janet knows once Brad meets the dangerous Miss Slade and learns the truth, their once-in-a-lifetime love is doomed.

Mahogany Slade is the romantic yet acerbic story of young people escaping themselves in a town where your identity is everything. It's as sweet as Janet finds Brad and as irresistible as he finds her.

My Review

Brad Carlton arrives in Athens, Georgia from Greenville, South Carolina to begin school as a freshman at the University of Georgia. He quickly becomes infatuated with a fellow student and New York native, Janet Tomalin. Their social encounters and entertaining interactions balance on a fine line between friendship and intimacy. Surrounded by a lively cast of characters, Brad attempts to juggle his feelings for Janet, various friendships, city adventures, and school.

Stephen Robinson is a sensational writer who smoothly transports readers back to the 90s in Athens, Georgia. I enjoyed each quirky character, but Brad’s close friend Heather Aulds spoke to me the most. She radiates spunk, confidence, while also demonstrating moments of vulnerability. Brad comes off as a serious and talented individual who is quiet and prefers to absorb his surroundings instead of being the focus of attention. Janet is a well-to-do girl with a closet full of demons that continuously escape and haunt her daily life. Brad’s relationship with Janet mimics an exciting but queasy roller coaster ride that continues to twist and turn throughout the story. Mahogany Slade, someone close to Janet, appears amid the whirlwind of emotions, testing Brad as he has never been tested before. 

Author Info:

Stephen Robinson graduated from the University of Georgia in 1996. He has lived in many places but feels at home somewhere else. He’s written for newspapers and magazines. Mahogany Slade is his first work of fiction.

Giveaway Info:
"Mahogany Slade," by Stephen Robinson, is about first love, that moment when your favorite songs suddenly make sense because they're now about someone else.

Post a note on the wall of the "Mahogany Slade" Facebook page ( telling us what song or movie will always remind you of your own Mahogany Slade... even if it's been years since you met.

The author will give a copies of "Mahogany Slade" to his 10 favorite posts.

Follow the Mahogany Slade Blog Tour:

Tour Dates

September 10th @my name is: Sage
September 11th @The Vagabond Studio
September 14th @Kaidans Seduction
September 16th @She's Got Books on Her Mind
September 17th @Lace and Lavender Hints
September 18th @For The Love of Film and Novels
September 20th @Maureen's Book Haven
September 21st @The Reading Diaries
September 22nd @Every Free Chance Book Reviews
September 24th @Crazy Four Books
September 25th @Four A's & a D.
September 26th @EK Ellis Literary Works
September 27th @Book Fidelity
September 28th @Not Now...Mommy's Reading
September 29th @The Book Fox
September 30th @Books and Swoons
October 1st @Nothing Better Than a Book


SER said...

Thanks for the kind words, Sage! I look forward to the rest of the tour.

BLT said...

Here is the song that I left on the wall of MS :)

jennifer zuna said...

This sounds like a great book!

Tina @ My Highest Self said...

I think I would love this book! Glad I read your review and found out about it :).

SER said...

Pre-ordering of the book is now available on my site. I'm offering signed and numbered copies of books purchased before next week's official launch.

Debbie McConnell said...

This sounds like a great book, has me tempted to start reading again.