Dec 19
Terrible Twos: A Blogoversary Tale + Giveaway

Terrible Twos: A Blogoversary Tale + Giveaway

So let’s talk milestones! Two years ago, I was part of a blog that I helped create, but alas things just didn’t work out and I walked away. I still wanted to be part of the book community and decided to embark on my own. The name, Literary, etc., was not my first choice and anything I played around with at the time just didn’t sound right. During this past year, I’ve debated changing the name and trust me-it’s a scary thing to even contemplate. I admire fellow bloggers who have done it. Maybe, I’ll get a bit of courage for Christmas. This year I introduced four new features. While I worked on some of these features regularly, others sadly were neglected. ONE LINERS We look at a novel’s first… Read more »

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Dec 18
Cover Reveal: Wendy Leigh’s Unraveled by Him + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Wendy Leigh’s Unraveled by Him + Excerpt

Okay-I admit I’m really intrigued to read Wendy Leigh’s upcoming Unraveled by Him because let’s face it-anyone who’s a celebrity biographer must be able to include some real life tidbits as fiction in her new book. * * * Title: Unraveled by Him Author: Wendy Leigh Publication date: February 02, 2015 Series: Unraveled #1 Genre: Erotica Synopsis: Unraveled by Him embraces the sensuality of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series and sweeping ​mystery and twisty ​nail-biting ​suspense. The first in a spellbinding trilogy that entwines, love, hate, romance, jealousy, lust and a white hot sexual adventure. This erotically charged roller coaster debut by New York Times bestselling author Wendy Leigh, introduces us to Miranda, a free-spirited celebrity ghost writer who gets swept up into a dark world of passion and glamour​ when… Read more »

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Dec 16
Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

I’d like to say I was suave and didn’t forget my little speech I had planned to say at the moment I met actor Neil Patrick Harris. The reality is…I spaced! On Monday, October 20th, I attended the book signing at Barnes & Noble for Harris’ autobiography: Chose Your Own Autobiography. I didn’t know Harris was coming until I read an article on the Friday before the 20th and I hated calling the bookstore to see if there were any wristbands left for the signing. When I was given the yes there were still some left, I had to ask the all important question most bloggers have: could I get a second copy signed? Here is where I ran into a problem, no one I knew was available to go… Read more »

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Dec 15
Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

I just finished binge watching all three seasons of Veronica Mars and I can’t believe I went this long NOT being a fan of the show! One of the reasons I decided to finally watch was because I made the mistake of watching the film first. I had a ton of questions and to be truthful found the film to be a bit ah boring. It was boring to me in the sense that I had NO idea what I was getting and who was who. While the film introduces people to the world of Veronica Mars, it follows the format that the show does; that being old cases tend to pop up in a future episode. I was totally lost and I had no one to turn to because… Read more »

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Dec 13
One Liners: Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2

One Liners: Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2

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 Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2… Read more »

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Dec 08
Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

It’s been rather quiet around here and I wanted to explain why. Four weeks ago, we were notified that my grandmother was ill and probably wouldn’t see the end of the year. I prayed and hoped for a miracle, but someone upstairs wanted her to spend Christmas and ring in the New Year with them. On Thursday, December 4th, my grandmother, Elena, died. She was born in 1927 to a family of well to do farmers. During the Great Depression, her family did not experience the hardship and hunger that many families did and in fact many neighbors often came to her father where they would barter work for food. My grandmother often told the story of her family knowing Mexican Revolutionary General, Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Rumor has it; he… Read more »

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Nov 26
Cover Reveal: Stacey Kennedy’s Witches Be Burned

Cover Reveal: Stacey Kennedy’s Witches Be Burned

Stacey Kennedy fans! Mark your calendars for May 5th when the second book in the Magic & Mayhem series, Witches Be Burned will be released. In the meantime I have a cover reveal. * * * Title: Witches Be Burned Author: Stacey Kennedy Series: Magic & Mayhem #2 Anticipated Publication date: May 05, 2015 Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance Publisher: Loveswept Synopsis: Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the smoldering hot elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. But just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. Ready or… Read more »

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Nov 25
Excerpt: Elizabeth Boyle’s The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane + Giveaway

Excerpt: Elizabeth Boyle’s The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane + Giveaway

I have an excerpt of Elizabeth Boyle’s The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane as part of the blog tour. I’ve always enjoyed her books and I can’t wait to sit down to read this one. Synopsis: She has no desire for love… As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights. …until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane. Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep… Read more »

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Nov 24
Books Ahoy!: Steven Montano

Books Ahoy!: Steven Montano

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 Steven Montano back to Lit, etc! The final book in his Skullborn trilogy, The Black Tower is now available! To celebrate his blog tour, Steven and I talked about his favorite books. Q. Your favorite childhood book? Escape from Warsaw, by Ian Serrailler, a novel about several children escaping the blitzkrieg. It was the first book I can recall that… Read more »

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Nov 21
Cover Reveal: Noelle August’s Rebound

Cover Reveal: Noelle August’s Rebound

Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi are back! Rebound is the second book in the Boomerang series they co-wrote. A lot of people really enjoyed the first book, Boomerang and sadly it’s still sitting in my TBR pile. Hopefully I’ll get around to it soon. If you’ve read it, what did you think and are you looking forward to Rebound? In the meantime, here’s the cover to Rebound! * * * Title:Rebound Author: Noelle August Publication date: February 10, 2015 Series: Boomerang #2 Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult) 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… Read more »

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Nov 21
Blog Tour: Review-Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Victoria Alexander’s The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding + Giveaway

I’ve read a few of Victoria Alexander’s books in the past and I’m always annoyed with myself for not keeping up with her. She’s definitely an author I’ve enjoyed and when the opportunity came to take part in the blog tour for The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding I knew I couldn’t pass up the chance. Even though it’s the fourth book in the series you can easily pick this up and is very much a standalone novel. We have really good character development and have a wide array of characters that play a vital role. Our main characters are Jackson Quincy Graham Channing and Lady Theodosia “Teddy” Winslow. I adored Jackson! I felt bad for his upbringing in terms of a shocking secret which I won’t… Read more »

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Nov 18
Excerpt: Gwen Jones’ The Laws of Seduction

Excerpt: Gwen Jones’ The Laws of Seduction

I have an exclusive excerpt for Gwen Jones’ newest release, The Laws of Seduction. It’s the third in her French Kiss series and I have the first two books sitting in my TBR pile, but I’m dying to read them! Synopsis:When Rex Renaud, the COO of Mercier Shipping, is arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, he knows he’ll need a miracle to clear his name … and sassy lawyer Charlotte Andreko is the perfect woman for the job. Charlotte has built her career defending pro bono clients against womanizers like Rex Renaud, and she’d much rather let him sweat it out in a jail cell than defend him in court. Yet Rex swears he’s been set up, and when he offers her a shocking sum of money in exchange… Read more »

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