Jul 31
Book Review: Will Thomas’ Fatal Enquiry

Book Review: Will Thomas’ Fatal Enquiry

Will Thomas’ Fatal Enquiry is the sixth book in his Baker and Llewlyn series. If you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Fatal Enquiry. Thomas does a good job minimizing history from other books and at no point do you feel lost reading a book in an already established series. We have good character development. Cyrus Baker is a gentleman enquiry agent and he’s a bit quirky. We don’t get to fully know him, but it’s easy to see that he’s not an easy man to work… Read more »

Jul 30
Cover Reveal: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion’s No Wedding Series + Excerpt & Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Kat Bastion with Stone Bastion’s No Wedding Series + Excerpt & Giveaway

Kat Stone’s upcoming series sounds like such a fun read! I’m really looking forward to reading the first book, About No Weddings, which I was lucky enough to receive a review copy. In the meantime, I have a cover reveal for all four books in the series and I’m loving the colors! Are you ready to see them? * * * Cover designer: Sarah Hansen at Okay Creations | Photographer: Mandy Hollis Photography Models: Steven Preston and Brittany Brescia Title: About No Weddings, About One Funeral , About Two Bar Mitzvahs , and About Three Christmases Author: Kat Bastion with… Read more »

Jul 28
Book Review: Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger

Book Review: Wendy Corsi Staub’s The Perfect Stranger

I’ve always wanted to read Wendy Corsi Staub’s books and when the opportunity came to review her upcoming release, The Perfect Stranger, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! After reading The Perfect Stranger, you look at the internet a little differently. As for characterization, we have a several characters that play a vital role. Just a quick note: if you’re the type that needs to focus on two or three characters in order to fully follow a story, you might want to proceed with caution since the amount of characters Staub introduces might overwhelm you. Take your time reading the… Read more »

Jul 27
Amazon Alternatives

Amazon Alternatives

With the Hachatte / Amazon feud still going strong, some readers are looking for alternatives to Amazon. I like to support local bookstores such as Page One or Bookworks. If you’re looking to try an online retailer, here are some of the places I’ve ordered from in the past and my thoughts about them. Hastings I love Hastings! They have a mix of used / new titles and carry dvds, cds, and novelty items in addition to books. As far as shipping goes, you can get deals for free shipping or flat rate, but overall the cost of shipping isn’t… Read more »

Jul 23
Book Review: Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman

Book Review: Linda Howard’s Shadow Woman

I’ve always wanted to read Linda Howard’s books, but I’ve never had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to review Shadow Woman via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers Program, I couldn’t pass up the chance to finally read an author I’ve been wanting to. Unfortunately, Howard’s Shadow Woman falls short. Character development is a little weak. We have Lizette Henry who pretty much lives a predictable life. For the past three years she’s never done anything out of character until she’s forced to call in sick. Even when we find out who Lizzy is, we aren’t given much information… Read more »

Jul 19
One Liners: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire

One Liners: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire

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… Read more »

Jul 16
Interview: Lisa Jensen + Giveaway

Interview: Lisa Jensen + Giveaway

I’m thrilled to welcome Lisa Jensen to Lit, etc! Today Lisa is talking about her newest release, Alias Hook (hello Capitan Hook!). I was lucky enough to receive an ARC and liked it (ah Hook’s voice really comes through) and I’m hoping to get my review up soon. In the meantime you can read an exclusive excerpt. I also am giving away a copy of Alias Hook (US only). Just be sure to leave a blog comment letting me know who your favorite pirate is and why! Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Lisa Jensen other than the standard… Read more »

Jul 16
Excerpt: Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook

Excerpt: Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook

*Flails* I have an excerpt of Lisa Jensen’s Alias Hook! It’s a book that I really liked and oh boy, I loved, loved, loved Hook’s voice! I hope this excerpt intrigues you enough to check out the book. Enjoy! Synopsis: Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends. But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies… Read more »

Jul 15
When I’m Not Reading, I’m Watching

When I’m Not Reading, I’m Watching

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Today’s Top Ten Tuesday is about must watch tv! Even though some of these are no longer on the air, I think you still need to check them out. In no particular order: 01. Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls is of those shows that everyone HAS to see, if you don’t get through all seasons, at least see the first season! You’ll love Lorelai and Rory, but grow to love the town as well. I really liked the writing and we get very good rounded characters. Plus it’s not every often we get to… Read more »

Jul 12
One Liners: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

One Liners: Alice Walker’s The Color Purple

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… Read more »

Jul 10
Excerpt: Kay Thomas’ Personal Target

Excerpt: Kay Thomas’ Personal Target

I have an exclusive excerpt to Kay Thomas’ upcoming release, Personal Target. According to her website, “Nick Donovan and Jennifer Grayson have a history together, but their summer affair was over almost ten years ago. In this scene, Jennifer has been kidnapped, and Nick has come to take her away from the people holding her captive.” Also, each Monday from now until release day (July 29th), there will be a chapter excerpt posted on her site. Here’s the tag for easy bookmarking. Synopsis: A former SEAL and Black Ops specialist who left the CIA, Nick Donovan gave up a life… Read more »

Jul 08
Ten Blogging Confessions

Ten Blogging Confessions

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Today’s Top Ten Tuesday post is going up later than I wanted, but it’s one I had to really think about. Today’s topic is: blogger confessions and even though I haven’t done a top ten in quite some time I did want to participate. In no particular order: 01. I’m backlogged when it comes to writing reviews. I’ve lost my review mojo along the way and while I’ve been reading, I just don’t have the energy to write reviews. 02. I sometimes covet the cool swag other bloggers are sent by publishers /… Read more »