Sep 17
Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

When I first heard about Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens, it was around this time last year and really wished it was available in the US, but alas it wasn’t. Fast forward to later this year and imagine my surprise and delight to open my mailbox and there waiting for me was a review copy! I adored Bitter Greens and took my time reading it because I wanted to savor it and hoped it would never end. Ah, Rapnzel! What a beautiful enchanting story Forsyth has given us. As for characterization, we have three strong female characters. With regards to the narrative, Forsyth interweaves three narratives; two in the past with one in the present. Set in the 16th and 17th century, Bitter Greens begins with our main heroine, Charlotte-Rose de… Read more »

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Sep 15
Blog Tour: Review-Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires + Giveaway

I admit that the only reason I wanted to read Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires was mostly due to the cover! I mean it’s drool worthy and made me want to just pet the cover while saying, “my precious.” When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance since it meant spending more time drooling over the cover! We have good character development. Delphine St. James is beautiful and charming, but it’s all a façade. When she’s out in society, she plays the part as expected, but she’s tired of it. I liked Delphine because she’s not afraid to sit around and wait for things to happen. She’s interested in taking an active role and finds a purpose after the Battle… Read more »

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Sep 05
Blog Tour: Review-Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress + Giveaway

I’ve been a Liz Carlyle fan for a few years and she’s an auto-buy for me, but admit I haven’t really kept up with her like I should. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for The Earl’s Mistress I couldn’t pass up the chance. We have good character development. Our heroine, Isabella Aldridge is trying to make ends meet and raise two girls. Her beauty makes it difficult to obtain a governess position but she’s not afraid to work hard. I had a bit of trouble warming up to Isabella because she tries to make a stand and then just goes with the flow. I wanted her to have a little more backbone. Our hero is Anthony, the Earl of Hepplewood and quite frankly I giggled… Read more »

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Sep 04
Cover Reveal: Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets

Cover Reveal: Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets

Hazel Gaynor is an author I really want to read. Her debut, The Girl Who Came Home, is on my TBR list and I can’t wait to read it. I’m really excited about her second novel, A Memory of Violets and the cover is lovely! * * * Title:A Memory of Violets Author: Hazel Gaynor Publication date: February 03, 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: ‘For Little Sister … I will never stop looking for you.’ 1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden’s flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by the presence of each other. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very… Read more »

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Sep 04
When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

Yesterday, one of my favorite authors had a very public Facebook meltdown. It quickly escalated from there and soon everyone who blogs about books was talking about it. I’m at a complete loss as to what to say. I’ve made no secret of my love for her and her series, but at the same time I can see where she was coming from. In a nutshell here’s the Facebook post: What brought it on? I’m asking the same question as many of you. I feel that in some ways, Cain was misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong-the way she went about it wasn’t the best way. But sometime last week she posted how One Kick didn’t make the New York Times best sellers list and it was the first time… Read more »

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Sep 03
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Dip

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Dip

When in doubt, blame David…er Davis. Davis Way is back and this time in Double Dip she might be in over her head. If you haven’t read the first book, Double Whammy, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Double Dip. Gretchen Archer does a good job describing past events and gives a clear picture as to who’s who in terms of reoccurring characters. We have good character development and this important because it’s the second book in the series. Archer continues to develop her characters and we get to know them better. I’d like to say there’s more to Davis Way, but no she’s still the same. I love getting in her head with regards to nicknames and her reasoning for giving them. It just cracks… Read more »

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Sep 02
Guest Post: My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer by Tanya J Peterson

Guest Post: My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer by Tanya J Peterson

I’m thrilled to welcome Tanya back to Lit, etc.! As some of you may recall, I adored Leave of Absence and when Tanya asked if I’d participate in the blog tour for her new release, I couldn’t say no. I asked Tanya about writing difficult topics and if your interested, you can read her previous guest post, in which she discusses writing about mental illness. My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer I absolutely love creating and writing stories. The best part is making characters. From the moment they take shape, they become part of me, and I spend as much time with them as I do with my family. Okay, probably more so. I’d ask that people refrain from telling my husband and children about this, but they… Read more »

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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 little more than 48 hours before I pick a new winner, but if I don’t hear from you within 7 days, chances are I’ve redrawn. Here’s what you may have… Read more »

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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 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 Ford Madox Ford’s The… Read more »

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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 Giulia Falcone-Driscoll, a former nun turned private investigator. To celebrate the cover reveal of Nun Too Soon, Alice and I talked about her favorite books. Q. Your favorite childhood book?… Read more »

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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 and they have only thirteen days to accomplish it. Talk about being tried in the media. Everyone in town is sure Roger Fitch strangled his girlfriend with one of his… Read more »

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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 blow right back into her face. Drew McCoy should look familiar, he’s a star player for her team’s archrival the Seattle Sharks. Which would basically make Drew and Kendall the… Read more »

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