Oct 29
Cover Reveal: Alice Clayton’s Last Call + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Alice Clayton’s Last Call + Excerpt

Attention Simon fans! There’s more Simon and Caroline coming your way, but not until January 2015. In the meantime, I have a cover and excerpt. Oh what a lovely cover! I really like the old fashion feel to it. * * * Title: Last Call Author: Alice Clayton Publication date: January 05, 2015 Series: Cocktail #2.5 Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult) Synopsis: Simon and Caroline are back for another round of baking, banging, and big life changes. Settling in, but never settling down, Caroline has finally struck a balance between the professional and the personal. As one of the top interior designers in San Francisco, she travels all over Northern California between nook time with Simon. Perpetual globetrotter Simon has cut his frequent flyer miles in half over the last… Read more »

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Oct 26
Cover Reveal: Caisey Quinn’s Leaving Amarillo + Excerpt & Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Caisey Quinn’s Leaving Amarillo + Excerpt & Giveaway

Caisey Quinn fans! Mark your calendars, the first book in the Neon Dreams series will be released on March 17, 2015! Yup, a bit a wait, but I have a cover and an exclusive excerpt to tide you over! * * * Title: Leaving Amarillo Author: Caisey Quinn Publication date: March 17, 2015 Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult) Synopsis: Some promises are made to be broken… Music is my everything. After my parents died when I was a kid, moving into my grandparents’ ramshackle house on a dirt road in Amarillo seemed like a nightmare. Until I stumbled upon my grandfather’s shed full of instruments. My soul lives between the strings of Oz, my secondhand fiddle, and it soars when I play. In Houston, I’m a typical college student on… Read more »

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Oct 25
One Liners: Anita Brookner’s The Debut

One Liners: Anita Brookner’s The Debut

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Anita Brookner’s The Debut… Read more »

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Oct 23
KissCon: An Avon Affair

KissCon: An Avon Affair

Anyone in the San Rafael / Seattle area? If so, mark your calendars! Avon is hosting a series of fan fests, called “KissCon,” starting with two consecutive events in San Rafael, CA on 11/22, and Seattle, on 11/23. Wondering what to expect at KissCon? “A group of *amazing* Avon authors will be doing a signing, a Q&A, and fun, interactive events with the audience. There will be prizes, raffles, and so much more in the way of romancey goodness! Authors attending each event will vary slightly (full list below), but they will include Ilona Andrews, Sarah MacLean, Lori Wilde, Cathy Maxwell, Elizabeth Boyle, Laura Kaye, and many more! Attendance is free, unless you spring for a VIP ticket—which gets you in to an exclusive reception with the authors, as well… Read more »

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Oct 20
Books Ahoy!: Kat and Stone Bastion + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Kat and Stone Bastion + Giveaway

Books Ahoy! is a feature inspired by Entertainment Weekly‘s “Books of My Life” column. I wanted to go beyond the interview and ask authors (and even readers) about their favorite books. Reading is a personal, but shared experience and what a great way to know someone by asking them about the books that shaped their life. No author or reader was forced to walk the plank. I’m thrilled to welcome both Kat and Stone Bastion to Lit, etc! A full review of all four books in the series will be posted once the fourth book is available. In the meantime, help me welcome Kat and Stone! To celebrate the release of Two Bar Mitzvahs (book 3 in the No Weddings series), Kat, Stone, and I talked about their favorite books…. Read more »

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Oct 18
One Liners: Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

One Liners: Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca… Read more »

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Oct 13
Book Review: Susan O’Brian’s Finding Sky

Book Review: Susan O’Brian’s Finding Sky

Susan O’Brian’s debut, Finding Sky, is classified as a mystery and yet it’s not really one. I know when I read a mystery, I expect there to be a murder; hopefully you don’t consider this to be a spoiler because there is none. And unfortunately, that’s just my personal preference when it comes to mysteries and of no fault of O’Brian’s or the publisher, Henery Press. In many ways, it is a mystery in terms of trying to find out what happened to the missing teenager Nicki Valentine has vowed to locate. Character development is a bit weak. While we do spend a lot of time with Nicki, we don’t know much about her other than she’s super health conscious (we’re constantly reminded of the organic food in Nicki’s house)… Read more »

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Oct 12
One Liners: Iain M. Banks’ The Crow Road

One Liners: Iain M. Banks’ The Crow Road

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Iain M. Banks’ The… Read more »

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Oct 11
Book Review: Seduced by the Game (Anthology)

Book Review: Seduced by the Game (Anthology)

What do ice skates and sticks have in common? Hockey! Welcome to the fastest game on Earth (and dare I say, the best sport?). Anthologies are often difficult to review because you’re reading more than one novella and there’s always one or two that you enjoy the most. I’m going to review Seduced by the Game a little differently from my usual style and give you five reasons you should purchase a copy! Please note: while I was given a copy for review, I’ve purchased a copy to support “Hockey Fights Cancer.” Before I get to my list, here’s a look at the novellas featured in Seduced by the Game. You can read a Catherine Gayle excerpt and enter the giveaway here! “Tangled in the Laces” by Toni Aleo (Website… Read more »

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Oct 11
Excerpt: Seduced by the Game (Anthology) + Giveaway

Excerpt: Seduced by the Game (Anthology) + Giveaway

As part of the blitz tour for Seduced by the Game, I have an exclusive excerpt. Enjoy! Synopsis: It’s time to drop the gloves and fight! Support the Fight against cancer that is. This anthology of 8 novellas is hot enough to melt the ice these players skate on. Featuring spell-binding novels from popular New York Times & USA Today, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble bestselling authors, including Toni Aleo, Cassandra Carr with Cindy Carr, Jami Davenport, Catherine Gayle, Jaymee Jacobs, V.L. Locey, Bianca Sommerland, & Nikki Worrell. Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes | Kobo | All Romance Excerpt: “Taking a Shot” by Catherine Gayle “I’m going to murder that dipshit,” Dad said, but somehow his voice was growing distant, like he was moving farther away… Read more »

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Oct 05
Postscript: September 2014

Postscript: September 2014

Happy October everyone! A brief reminder to take a look at the Giveaway Policy, if you haven’t already. All winners are listed there too. I usually give it a little more than 48 hours before I pick a new winner, but if I don’t hear from you within 7 days, chances are I’ve redrawn. Here’s what you may have missed in September! News and Features Musings: When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End Cover Reveal Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets Guest Post Tanya J. Peterson: My Characters Put Me Through The Emotional Wringer Excerpt Maya Rodale’s What a Wallflower Wants Books Reviewed 4/5: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence 5/5: Kate Foryth’s Bitter Greens 4/5: Tanya J. Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell 4/5: Lecia Cornwall’s What a… Read more »

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Sep 29
Book Review: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

Book Review: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

I’ll be truthful, I read Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence back in March and this review sadly has been sitting unfinished. Recently Dashofy hit USA Today’s best sellers list and I wanted you to know about her Zoe Chambers series. Plus, I really enjoyed Circle of Influence. We have good character development. Our main character is Zoe Chambers, an EMT who likes to ride horses. She’s tough and can easily hold her own in any situation. Zoe is also very loyal to her friends and she’s the type of person who will drop everything to be there in someone’s time of need. Then we have the ever so yummy head of police, Pete Adams! You’ll love him and understand his frustration at Zoe when she gets involved in investigating. There’s… Read more »

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