Aug 31
Postscript: August 2014

Postscript: August 2014

Happy Labor Day everyone! Okay, I’m a day early, but since I’m under the weather (grr co-workers that go to work sick and infect healthy people), I wanted to get this up before I head back to bed. A few of you are familiar with the new feature, Books Ahoy!, that debuted on Thursday. If you’re an author or a reader who wants to participate, email me and I’ll send you the short questionnaire. A brief reminder to take a look at the Giveaway Policy, if you haven’t already. All winners are listed there too. I usually give it a… Read more »

Aug 30
One Liners: Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier

One Liners: Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier

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 »

Aug 28
Books Ahoy!: Alice Loweecey

Books Ahoy!: Alice Loweecey

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 thrilled to welcome Alice Loweecey to Lit, etc! She has a three book deal with Henery Press and the first book in the series, will be released in early 2015! Her heroine is… Read more »

Aug 28
Cover Reveal: Alice Loweecey’s Nun Too Soon

Cover Reveal: Alice Loweecey’s Nun Too Soon

I just adore the Henery Press covers and today we have a great one from Alice Loweecey’s upcoming Nun Too Soon! The Giulia Driscoll series has been revamped, but Driscoll remains the same. I also interviewed Loweecey about her favorite books here. While Nun Too Soon doesn’t release until 2015, I have a cover reveal to tide us over! * * * Title:Nun Too Soon Author: Alice Loweecey Publication date: January 2015 Series: Giulia Driscoll Genre: Mystery Synopsis: Giulia Falcone-Driscoll has just taken on her first impossible client: The Silk Tie Killer. He’s hired Driscoll Investigations to prove his innocence… Read more »

Aug 27
Cover Reveal: Julie Brannagh’s Covering Kendall

Cover Reveal: Julie Brannagh’s Covering Kendall

Ah, flails! I’m not much of a football fan, but am totally loving the synopsis to Julie Brannagh’s Covering Kendall. The book isn’t out until October, but in the meantime, I have a cover reveal! * * * Title:Covering Kendall Author: Julie Brannagh Publication date: October 2014 Series: Love and Football #4 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: Kendall Tracy, General Manager of the San Francisco Miners, is not one for rash decisions or one-night stands. But when she finds herself alone in a hotel room with a heart-stoppingly gorgeous man-who looks oddly familiar-Kendall throws her own rules out the window…and they… Read more »

Aug 25
Book Review: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes Are My Weakness

Book Review: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Heroes Are My Weakness

Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ is one of those authors I’ve always want to read, but never have because I didn’t know where to start. When I received a copy of Heroes Are My Weakness, I knew this was my opportunity! I’m glad I took the plunge because I liked it and at one point took a picture of a scene and sent a text to my sister with the words, “hubba hubba.” If you’re wondering, it was the scene in which our hero, Theo, is dressed as a Regency dandy. We have good character development. Annie Hewitt is forced to spend… Read more »

Aug 23
One Liners: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

One Liners: Toni Morrison’s Beloved

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 »

Aug 20
Alison Atlee’s The Typewriter Girl Blitz

Alison Atlee’s The Typewriter Girl Blitz

Alison Atlee’s The Typewriter Girl is NOW available as an audiobook! To celebrate, Alison is doing a blog tour / book blast. Now I haven’t read The Typewriter Girl, but I do have a copy and I can’t wait to Title: The Typewriter Girl Author: Alison Atlee Edition: Audible Audio Book Edition Audible Release Date: April 4, 2014 Listening Length: 12 hours and 39 minutes Publisher: Audible Studios Language: English Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: In Victorian London, there’s only so far an unmarried woman can go, and Betsey Dobson has relied on her wits and cunning to take herself as… Read more »

Aug 19
Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

Book Review: Chelsea Cain’s One Kick + Giveaway

I’ve made no secret of my love for Chelsea Cain and her Archie & Gretchen series. When I heard she was going to put Archie & Gretchen to the side to focus on a new series, I admit, I was heartbroken. No Archie and the gang for another year or two? Ack, my heart couldn’t take it! At first, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to read One Kick, but hey, if I love Cain’s writing then she couldn’t disappoint. Right? As far as characterization, it’s a bit weak but keep in mind this is a series and no doubt… Read more »

Aug 18
Interview: Mina Vaughn + Giveaway

Interview: Mina Vaughn + Giveaway

Today, I’m excited to welcome Mina Vaughn to Lit, etc! Mina has a new book out, How to Reprimand Your Rock Star and it’s the second book in her DommeNation series. I liked the first book, How to Discipline Your Vampire and am looking forward to spending some time with Reprimand. Also, one copy of Reprimand is up for grabs! Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Mina Vaughn other than the standard bio on your website. I’m a really silly person and I am almost always laughing. I’m incredibly loud, too. I was hanging out with my friends at… Read more »

Aug 17
One Liners: Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

One Liners: Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita

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 »

Aug 12
Interview: Wendy Corsi Staub

Interview: Wendy Corsi Staub

I’m thrilled to welcome Wendy Corsi Staub to Lit, etc! I enjoyed Wendy’s newest release The Perfect Stranger and today she’s here to talk a little about her writing process and her new release. Q. Tell me something about Wendy Corsi Staub other than the standard bio on your website. After my husband and I lost both our moms and his aunt to breast cancer and one of our best friends died suddenly, we realized life is too short to put off the bucket list for retirement years. So we set out on an ongoing 50 state book tour with… Read more »