Apr 19
One Liners: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

One Liners: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

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 »

Apr 18
Interview: Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway

Interview: Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway

I’m thrilled to welcome Catherine McKenzie to Lit, etc! Her current release is Hidden and this is one of those books that you’ll be thinking about for days. In fact, I’m still thinking about it (especially the ending) and dying to talk to someone about it. I’ve reviewed it here. Giveaway details are located at the end of the interview along with a synopsis of Hidden. Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Catherine McKenzie other than the standard bio on your website. I watch a lot of television. Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I… Read more »

Apr 17
Cover Reveal: Stacey Kennedy’s Freed

Cover Reveal: Stacey Kennedy’s Freed

Any erotica fans? If so, you might to want to check out Stacey Kennedy’s Club Sin series. I have a cover reveal for book 4, Freed. * * * Title: Freed Author: Stacey Kennedy Series: Club Sin #4 Anticipated Publication date: September 23, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Loveswept Synopsis: Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive… Read more »

Apr 17
Cover Reveal: Monica Murphy’s Intoxicated + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Monica Murphy’s Intoxicated + Excerpt

Fans of Monica Murphy’s Billionaire Bachelors Club: I have an excerpt and cover reveal for the upcoming novella, Intoxicated! I’m totally loving this cover! * * * Title: Intoxicated Author: Monica Murphy Anticipated Publication date: June 17, 2014 Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #3.5 Genre: Romance Publisher: Avon Impulse Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them. It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just… Read more »

Apr 15
Book Review: Pamela DuMond’s The Story of You and Me

Book Review: Pamela DuMond’s The Story of You and Me

Pamela DuMond’s The Story of You and Me is your typical new adult romance novel: girl meets boy and both fall head over heels. Unfortunately, this one fell flat despite the author’s reason for writing this novel (which brought tears to my eyes when I read the author letter). Character development is a bit weak. We get to know Sophie fairly well, but she’s still keeping us at arms length. At times, she comes off as a bit of a ditz (more on that later) and I just had a difficult time actually liking her and couldn’t connect with her…. Read more »

Apr 14
Overcoming Blogger Guilt

Overcoming Blogger Guilt

I have a confession…I have blogger’s guilt. Mostly, when it comes to the frequency of posting. It’s not that I’m not reading, but rather my mojo when it comes to writing reviews or discussion posts has gone missing. Maybe my blogger’s mojo is on some island enjoying an umbrella drink and the warm sunshine, but I’d like it back. I have a stack of books that I read, but reviews need to be written and there’s zero inspiration. Then…there’s the whole guilt regarding being a book blogger and keeping up with the world of publishing. Before when I was unemployed,… Read more »

Apr 13
Cover Reveal: Megan Erickson’s Make it Count + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Megan Erickson’s Make it Count + Excerpt

Megan Erickson is a new author to me, but the synopsis to Make it Count makes me wish this book was available NOW! * * * Title: Make it Count Author: Megan Erickson Anticipated Publication date: June 2014 Series: Bowler University #1 Genre: Romance Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Synopsis: Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was… Read more »

Apr 10
Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Happy Birthday + Giveaway

Eeek! I’m not one to make a HUGE fuss over birthday celebrations and since I’ve decided to be a little more open so you all get to know better, celebrating a birthday should be known. Right? So many moons ago on an extremely hot day in El Paso, Texas I was born and the next day apparently brought snow to the area! I was delivered by a Doctor Love and yeah I always get a kick out of seeing his name on my birth certificate. As part of you all getting to know me, here are some random facts (this… Read more »

Apr 10
Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Hot Dream Cast Blitz

Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Hot Dream Cast Blitz

I enjoyed the first books in the series and admit I haven’t had a chance to read A Little Too Hot although I am curious to see what happens to Sam! It’s always interesting to see how authors imagine their characters and well Sam is a surprise! As part of the A Little Too Far character blitz, I have Lisa’s choices for A Little Too Hot. Title: A Little Too Hot Author: Lisa Desrochers Publication Date: January 21, 2014 Series: A Little Too Far Genre: Romance (New Adult) Publisher: William Morrow Synopsis: If you play with fire… Tossed out of… Read more »

Apr 08
Book Review: Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden

Book Review: Catherine McKenzie’s Hidden

Catherine McKenzie is well known for writing about life and the complexity of relationships. Hidden is her fourth novel and it’s a complex story about a man and the two women in his life who struggle in the aftermath of his death. We have good character development. Despite having three main protagonists (and even one that dies early on), we get to know each of them well enough. Jeff is an accountant who returns to live in his hometown after college. He loves golf and in many ways comes off as carefree. His wife, Claire, is a lawyer turned daycare… Read more »

Apr 06
ARC April 2014

ARC April 2014

Octavia and Shelly over at Read Sleep Repeat are hosting ARC April and since I’m a little behind on my ARC TBR pile, I decided to participate! Tackle that ARC pile you have! Don’t give me that “what ARCs?!” look! You (just like me) have a giant pile of ARCs giving you their best judgey face right now and April is the month you’re going to tackle them, get that NetGalley & Edelweiss ratio up and show publishers that you can be trusted with their babies! You’ll have an amazing support team via the other ARC April participants and most… Read more »