Feb 26
Channel Surfing: Frozen

Channel Surfing: Frozen

Over Christmas I finally watched Disney’s Frozen and admit, I had more questions than answers. Since then, I’ve watched it twice more and still my questions aren’t even close to being answered! • Where does Elsa get her powers from? We aren’t ever told the whole who, what, and why. I have a suspicion her father might know more? • Why keep the sisters apart? Why couldn’t they tell Anna exactly what happened and why it was necessary to protect her? • Why do most Disney movies involve the death of a parent (or both)? Seriously, why? I still cry for Bambi! • So who was regent in Arendelle while the country waits for Elsa’s coming of age? • Where did Anna get the money to buy the goods for… Read more »

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Feb 25
Blog Tour: Review-Noelle August’s Rebound + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Noelle August’s Rebound + Giveaway

Noelle August’s Rebound is the second book in the Boomerang series and if you haven’t read the first book, Boomerang, it’s not necessary to enjoy Rebound. August doesn’t touch up events from Boomerang though I admit, had I read it, I would have perhaps had a better understanding of Alison and the whole concept of Boomerang as a company. We have good character development despite the fact it’s a bit weak in some areas. Our heroine is Alison Quick and if you’ve read Boomerang, you probably hate her for what she did to Ethan. I can honestly say, give her a chance because you’ll get to know her and realize why she does what she did. I liked her and she has this tough girl attitude but it’s an illusion… Read more »

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Feb 25

Excerpt: Noelle August’s Rebound

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Noelle August’s Rebound. Enjoy! Synopsis: Adam Blackwood has it all. At twenty-two, he’s fabulously wealthy, Ryan Gosling-hot and at the top of the heap in the business world. His life is perfect, until a scandal from his past resurfaces and knocks the tech wunderkind down, throwing his company, Boomerang, a hook-up site for millennials, into chaos. Three years ago, Adam married his high school love—and then lost her in a tragic accident. Now, the heartbreak and guilt he’s tried to bury with work and women begins to take over his life. Alison Quick, the twenty-one-year-old daughter of a business tycoon—and the very ex-girlfriend of Boomerang’s former intern, Ethan—has a problem of her own. She’s got one chance to prove… Read more »

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Feb 24
Books Ahoy!: Tanya J Peterson

Books Ahoy!: Tanya J Peterson

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 have a confession…I’ve had Tanya J. Peterson’s interview questions since October. As some of you know, my grandmother got sick in November and then died in December and I failed to post this during those months. Here it is and I apologize to Tanya for the lateness in posting these! I loved getting to know her better and hopefully you’ll find a book… Read more »

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Feb 23
Book Review: Emma Mars’ Hotelles

Book Review: Emma Mars’ Hotelles

Emma Mars’ Hotelles is the first book of a French trilogy. I read the English translation and admit, I was really excited to read it because of the synopsis, but sadly it falls a bit short. For the most part, it’s a slow read. I mean s-l-o-w and you’ll want to skip pages or even skim to get ahead, alas nothing noteworthy really happens to capture one’s interest. While I enjoy mysteries, Hotelles isn’t exactly a traditional mystery, but rather the journey of a young woman who becomes sexually awakened. 1. I liked the idea of an escort meeting the man of her dreams. I wanted this to be a bit like Pretty Woman, but it’s not. Annabelle is a rather reluctant escort. She doesn’t want to be in the… Read more »

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Feb 02
One Liners: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

One Liners: J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan

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 J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan… Read more »

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Feb 02
14 Days of Fictional Swooning: Day 2 and Rhett Butler + Giveaway

14 Days of Fictional Swooning: Day 2 and Rhett Butler + Giveaway

I’m super excited to take part in the 14 Days of Fictional Swooning Blog Hop hosted by FictionFare and Swoony Boys Podcast. Over the course of the next 12 days, there will be scavenger hunts and loads of giveaways! There are over 25 blogs participating and each are posting hidden phrases that you’ll need in order to enter the master giveaway (each blog is hosting their own giveaway too). For more information about how this blog hop works, check out this post over at Swoony Boys Podcast. Today, I’m hosting day 2 of the blog hop and I’m giving away a $15 gift card to Barnes and Noble (or the Book Depository if you’re an international winner). Giveaway details for both my own giveaway and the master giveaway are posted… Read more »

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Jan 31
One Liners: William Gaddis’ JR

One Liners: William Gaddis’ JR

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 William Gaddis’ JR and… Read more »

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Jan 30
Film Friday: David Nicholls’ One Day

Film Friday: David Nicholls’ One Day

Film Friday is officially back! For those who are new to the feature, several books have been made into films and sometimes we aren’t aware that they were books. For today’s piece, I picked David Nicholl’s One Day because I just adored the book! The film is a bit of a let down because there’s so much that could have been done to make it better. Though I admit, I liked Jim Sturgess as Dexter. While I adore Romola Garai, I felt she played Sylvie a bit too cold. One Day (2011) After spending the night together on the night of their college graduation Dexter and Em are shown each year on the same date to see where they are in their lives. They are sometimes together, sometimes not, on… Read more »

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Jan 27
Interview: Kate Meader

Interview: Kate Meader

I’m thrilled to welcome Kate Meader to Lit, etc! Today’s the paperback release of Kate’s Hot and Bothered which I reviewed yesterday and I really enjoyed it! Kate’s easily become of my fave to go authors and on top of that (and no it has nothing to do with the fact with both have a master’s in medieval history). You can read an exclusive excerpt of Hot and Bothered here and there’s also a giveaway! Q. Tell me something about Kate Meader other than the standard bio on your website. A lot of people don’t know I have a masters degree in medieval history. I studied medieval nuns and holy women who used their connection to God to discover untrodden paths to empowerment in their community. Medieval nuns were probably… Read more »

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Jan 27
Excerpt: Kate Meader’s Hot and Bothered + Giveaway

Excerpt: Kate Meader’s Hot and Bothered + Giveaway

To celebrate the paperback release of Kate Meader’s Hot and Bothered, I have an exclusive excerpt and it’s one of my favorite scenes from the book! Synopsis: Although her baby boy keeps her plate full, Jules Kilroy is ready to take her love life off the back burner. Despite a bevy of eligible bachelors, it’s her best friend, Taddeo DeLuca, who’s fueling her hormones with generous servings of his mouth-watering Italian sexiness. But Jules learned her lesson once before when she went in for a kiss, only to have Tad reject her. She’s vowed never to blur the lines again . . . After a lifetime of excuses and false starts, Tad has finally opened a wine bar, a deal made even sweeter when Jules joins his staff. Lovers come… Read more »

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Jan 26
Book Review: Kate Meader’s Hot and Bothered

Book Review: Kate Meader’s Hot and Bothered

Kate Meader quickly became a new favorite author after reading the second book in her Hot in the Kitchen series, All Fired Up. When the opportunity came to review the third in the series, Hot and Bothered, I couldn’t pass up the chance. I wanted to see Jules get her happily ever after and oh boy did Meader deliver! We have good character development. Jules Kilroy is a single mother who is struggling with a secret: she’s dyslexic. She’s not very confident, but she has a heart of gold. Jules wants to live her own life and one way to do it, is on her own terms. So she moves out of her brother’s house and she’s ready to start dating. Then we have Tad DeLuca, who’s one of the… Read more »

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