May 22
Film Friday: Doctor Zhivago

Film Friday: Doctor Zhivago

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. I know there’s a 2002 version of Doctor Zhivago with Keira Knightley as Lara, but I just love the 1965 version with Omar Sharif. Synopsis: The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist’s wife and experiences hardship during the First World War and then the October Revolution. (-IMDB). Komarovski: There are two kinds of men and only two. And that young man is one kind. He is high-minded. He is pure. He’s the kind of man the world pretends to look up to, and in fact despises. He is… Read more »

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May 15
Film Friday: The Godfather

Film Friday: The Godfather

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. For today’s Film Friday, I decided to showcase The Godfather! Based on Mario Puzo’s novel (of the same name), the film quickly became a box office hit. Marlon Brando would go on to win an Oscar for Best Actor and the film would become Best Picture. Synopsis: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son (-IMDB). Don Corleone: You talk about vengeance. Is vengeance going to bring your son back to you? Or my boy to me? The Godfather (1972)

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May 11
Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

Book Review: Cynthia Eden’s Broken

Cynthia Eden is a new author to me in terms of reading. I’ve seen her books, but never picked one up and when I received a review copy of Broken, I was intrigued! I read the synopsis and wanted to put everything aside because it had everything I wanted in a book: romance and the hunt for a ruthless killer. We have good character development. Our heroine, Eve Gray is suffering from amnesia and is scared because she finds out she fits the description of a ruthless killer’s victims. She wants answers and doesn’t know where to turn to. I liked Eve and felt her frustration at wanting to know the past, but I was worried for her! Then we have Gabe who is dedicated to his work and wants… Read more »

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May 03
Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Celebrating a Life: The Husky

Shortly after 2 am this morning, we got a phone call that the Husky’s blood pressure and sugar were falling and they were working to save her. About five minutes later, we got another call that she passed. And I am devastated. The Husky came into our life as a big fur ball. She was born on September 15, 2002 to my aunt P’s huskies and a month or so later she became a member of our family. Originally P was going to keep her and give us a cinnamon type pup but my parents fell for the Husky. I remember the first evening she was home: my parents and sister went to dinner and I stayed behind so she wouldn’t be alone. I heard some crying coming from their… Read more »

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May 01
Postscript: January-April 2015

Postscript: January-April 2015

Wow! I just realized I haven’t done a proper postscript wrap up in a while. I also feel the need to apologize for the lack of updates on my part. I’m in a strange funk. I’m not sure if it’s because we had a really early spring on my side of the US (we’ve had spring like weather since mid-February and now getting summer temps) or if it’s just work related stress. That being said, I have a bunch of half written reviews and I’m hoping to get those up posted soon. Right now, it’s finding the time to do it all. Lit, etc is sporting a new look via a new header and I still trying to find a layout I can tweak a bit to reflect the new… Read more »

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Apr 20
Dear Secret Sister #2

Dear Secret Sister #2

#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: Hiya! Hope all is well with you. I heard you’ve been under the weather so hopefully, you’re feeling better. I failed to properly thank you for my first official gift, the Kindle copy of Bruce Holsinger’s A Burnable Book. I haven’t read it yet, but funny enough a friend recently gifted me a hardcover copy. I laughed because obviously it should… Read more »

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Apr 17
Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Silver Witch + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Silver Witch + Giveaway

I got the opportunity to review Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch last year and I really enjoyed her writing. When the chance came to review The Silver Witch, I couldn’t pass up the chance! Brackston’s easily become one of my favorite new authors. And before I talk about the book, let’s take a moment to admire the cover! It’s beautiful and trust me, in person the colors are just lovely! This is definitely one book you’ll want to add to your collection based on the cover alone. We have great characterization! Tilda Fordwells is a widow who lives in Wales and decides to live in the house her and husband had planned on living in. Immediately she begins to have odd experiences. She can’t explain them but at the same… Read more »

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Apr 16
Cover Reveal: Noelle August’s Bounce

Cover Reveal: Noelle August’s Bounce

Can it be August already? I’m really excited for Grey’s story because I think he stole he show in Rebound. The best part of having to wait for Bounce‘s release? You have a few months to catch up and read the first two books. In the meantime we have a cover reveal! * * * Title:Bounce Author: Noelle August Publication date: August 25, 2015 Series: Boomerang #3 Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult) Synopsis: Following in the bestselling tradition of Molly McAdams and J. Lynn, this final chapter in the fun and steamy New Adult trilogy by Noelle August (authors Veronica Rossi and Lorin Oberweger) features two aspiring musicians who must choose between their careers…and their sizzling attraction for each other. Playing the occasional club gig just isn’t cutting it for… Read more »

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Apr 09
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ Four Nights with the Duke + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ Four Nights with the Duke + Giveaway

I have a secret; I have a love hate relationship with Eloisa James books because they are either a hit or a miss. I adored Three Weeks with Lady X and I wasn’t sure I wanted to read Four Nights with the Duke until I read the synopsis! Seriously, the synopsis sold me and when the chance came to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance! While, Four Nights is the eighth book in her Desperate Duchess series, if you haven’t read any of the books in the series, it’s okay to dive right in. We have really good character development. Emila “Mia” Carrington has a secret: she’s a successful novelist, but the time has come to marry. Her nephew, Charlie, is at risk and she… Read more »

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Apr 01
Culling Your Bookshelf: A How To Guide

Culling Your Bookshelf: A How To Guide

There comes a time when a booklover must clear their bookshelves. Whether it’s because of an upcoming move, no more shelf space, or you’ve been ordered to make room, nothing hurts more than culling one’s shelves. The first instinct is to rebel, but then you come to terms. How do you know which books to say goodbye to? First, you need to ask yourself a series of questions. Have you read the book? If you did, did you like it? Would you read it again? If you answer no to any of these questions, then put the book in the culled box. If you haven’t the read the book, ask yourself, will you read in the next week or two? If you’ve had the book on your TBR (to be… Read more »

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Mar 19
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Flirting with Fire

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Flirting with Fire

Woo-hoo! Kate Meader is back and this time with a brand new series that features firefighters. Can we take a moment to drool over the cover? It’s stunning and ah, the look in his eyes screams determination! We have great character development. Meader has always written strong characters and Flirting with Fire is no exception. Our heroine, Kinsey Taylor, is feisty, competitive, and isn’t one to easily intimidate. I’ll admit, I thought I wasn’t going to like Kinsey because of how self assured and strong she is, but Meader made her relatable. How many of us have fallen for a guy only to realize he’s intimidated by us? Kinsey’s ex-fiancé can’t handle her awesomeness, but that’s okay because Meader has given her someone who isn’t afraid of her. And oh… Read more »

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Mar 19
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Top 5 Reasons Chicago is for Lovers by Kate Meader

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Top 5 Reasons Chicago is for Lovers by Kate Meader

Chicago is larger-than-life—just like my firefighting foster siblings, the Dempseys! And it’s also a great place to get your romance on. 1. The food. You could eat out a different restaurant every night of the week for years and never get bored. And we all know, variety is key to any great relationship. *wink* 2. The lake. It’s blue and twinkles in the sunlight and there’s nowhere more romantic on a hot summer night, especially if you know a guy with a boat. 3. The architecture. Tall, shiny skyscrapers mix with old school buildings, making Chicago an epic destination. Against the backdrop of the beautiful skyline, how could you not fall in love? 4. The neighborhoods. You might find love with a billionaire on a trip down the Mag Mile,… Read more »

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