Jul 28
Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Marci Jefferson’s Enchantress of Paris + Giveaway

Last year I read and adored Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin. When I was offered the opportunity to review her second novel, Enchantress of Paris, I couldn’t say no. I’m so glad I didn’t pass up the chance because Jefferson’s newest is wonderfully written and a must read for any fan of historical fiction! We have good character development. When we first meet Marie Mancini, she’s a teenager on the cusp of womanhood. Her father was an Italian aristocrat who was also a well known astrologer. Marie is naive, but it’s her naiveté that makes her a breath of fresh air! You can feel her frustration at the way things are and will cheer her on as she blossoms. We have a wide array of historical figures who… Read more »

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Jul 23
Book Review: Jessa McAdams’ The Perfect Bargain

Book Review: Jessa McAdams’ The Perfect Bargain

I’ve read a few of Julia London’s historicals and she’s one I want to read more of. When the opportunity came to review a contemporary under the pen name, Jessa McAdams, I was intrigued. When I read the plot involved the Scottish Highlands, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Character development is a bit weak. Sloane Chatfield is an American girl who decided to leave it all behind for a few weeks to find her real life Jamie Fraser in Scotland. If you’re not familiar with who Fraser is, you’re not alone! Even our hero Galen Buchanan had no idea who he was, but I’ll be kind to you. Fraser of course is the hero in the Diana Gabaldon novels and one who has stolen the hearts of thousands of… Read more »

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Jul 22
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Even the Score

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Even the Score

I’ve made no secret of my love for Kate Meader and her books! When she asked if I’d be interested in reviewing the first in her Tall, Dark, and Texan series, Even the Score, I couldn’t say no. And, wow-talk about pent up sexual attraction! You’ll definitely need a fan as you read. We have great character development. Tess McKenzie was born to a famous actress and had the life of privilege growing up. She’s not spoiled and works hard in order to make her own way in the world. Tess is feisty and protective of her friends. You can easily imagine hanging out with her and just having fun. I really liked her. And ladies, be prepared to swoon over Hunter Dade! He’s a man on a mission who… Read more »

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Jul 21
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s If You Dare

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s If You Dare

In 2013, Jessica Lemmon wrote, If You Dare, a spooky novella where unrequited love and a bet was at the heart of the story. I really enjoyed it and my only big complaint was the length (I wanted more) because I wanted more of Marcus! Originally published by Entangled as part of their now defunct Flirt line, Lemmon expanded If You Dare and what we have is a full length novel. When Lemmon asked if I’d be interested in reading the new If You Dare, I couldn’t pass up the chance especially since there would be more Marcus! We have really good character development. I liked Lily and it was easy to associate with her. She’s hard working and goal oriented. She also has a no strict dating policy regarding… Read more »

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Jul 19
Dear Future Secret Sister:

Dear Future Secret Sister:

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. Dear Future Secret Sister: Sign-ups for the next round of On the Same Page’s Secret Sister project are currently open. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, but the ladies from OTSP will need to know who you are, etc. You might be a little late to participate in Round 4, but you can start talking to them on Twitter (Alyssa |… Read more »

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Jul 01
Blog Tour: Review-Kate Forsyth’s The Wild Girl + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Kate Forsyth’s The Wild Girl + Giveaway

I really enjoyed Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens last year and when the opportunity was offered to review The Wild Girl, I couldn’t pass up the chance! I was curious to know more about Dortchen Wild, the girl who grew up next to the Grimm family and who would ultimately steal Wilhelm Grimm’s heart. The Wild Girl is a moving tale and reminds that she did not live a fairytale life. We have good characterization and a lot of vital characters. Our heroine is Dortchen Wild, the second youngest of six daughters; her life was in many ways preplanned. Dortchen would be the one to stay home to take care of her parents as they aged and her upbringing was strict. She’s a dreamer and longs to be with people. I… Read more »

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Jun 30
Books Ahoy!: Lena Diaz + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Lena Diaz + 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 excited to welcome Lena Diaz to Lit, etc.! Exit Strategy is now available and it’s the first book in the Exit Inc. series. I’m a little halfway through it and I’m really enjoying it! Lena was kind enough to agree to a Q&A and I hope you enjoy getting to know her better. Plus, I’m giving you the chance to win a copy… Read more »

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Jun 24
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Four Seats

I really enjoyed Aaron Cooley’s Shaken Not Stirred and when he asked if I’d be interested in reviewing part one of Four Seats, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! If what I’ve read so far is any indication of what the rest of the book will be, then you’re in for a real treat! Four Seats will truly be one of your favorite summer reads and can’t be missed! We have a lot of characters who are vital to the narrative and Cooley doesn’t sacrifice character development. Our hero is Jason Lancaster and he’s also the government’s prime suspect. Lancaster’s resume is pretty impressive and I won’t go into detail, but it’s easy to understand why he’s on their radar. Known to be punctual, Lancaster is employed through the Supreme… Read more »

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Jun 11
Books Ahoy!: Aaron Cooley + Giveaway

Books Ahoy!: Aaron Cooley + 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 really honored to welcome Aaron Cooley to Lit, etc! I loved Aaron’s first book, Shaken Not Stirred and it’s a book that to this day, if I meet anyone who is a fan of Ian Fleming, I recommend Shaken Not Stirred. When Aaron asked if I’d be interested in reviewing his latest, a political thriller involving the Supreme Court, I couldn’t say no!… Read more »

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Jun 09
Bright Lights: Bryan Adams

Bright Lights: Bryan Adams

On Monday, May 18th, teenager me was super excited to see Bryan Adams live in concert! Probably revealing my age here, but I remember when I was 13 years old and being the coolest girl in the grade because I was the only one in town (a small town outside El Paso, Texas) with Adams’ Waking up the Neighbors! I lived for that moment of awesomeness until I was quickly dethroned for some other fad that I don’t remember. I kept up with Adams and his career for a few years up until I was in university and then I just moved on to other things, but still I considered myself a fan of his (and still do). Monday night was a dream come true! Thirteen year old me squealed… Read more »

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Jun 08
Dear Secret Sister #3

Dear Secret Sister #3

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. . Dear Secret Sister: So you’ve been on vacation? I’m so happy for you! Seriously anytime anyone actually goes on a vacation, I get excited because it’s a great opportunity to explore a new city and make great memories. To answer your question, yes I like to travel. When I did my master’s abroad, I wish I had had more money (darn exchange rate!)… Read more »

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Jun 01
Blog Tour: Review-Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking + Giveaway

I’m always unsure about memoirs because they can be life inspiring and can challenge us, but others fall short. When the opportunity came to review Brittany Gibbons’ Fat Girl Walking, I couldn’t say no especially when I saw it was a book for women and how to accept their bodies. I’ll admit, I had no idea who Gibbons was nor the internet ruckus she stirred up, but after reading Fat Girl Walking, I have a real appreciation for Gibbons and what she’s trying to accomplish. Fat Girl Walking begins by telling the reader about Gibbon’s childhood and from there we join her journey into adulthood. The writing is humorous and Gibbons isn’t afraid to go into painful details that most of us would rather forget about our childhood. I cringed,… Read more »

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