Monthly Archives:: February 2013

Feb 18
Book Review: Dara England’s Death on Dartmoor

Book Review: Dara England’s Death on Dartmoor

When American Heiress, Millicent Wright, travels to Devonshire, England to become better acquainted with Sir Oliver Longbourne, she has no idea she’ll be the heroine at the center of her own gothic novel. Her mother, on the other hand, wants Millicent married and who better than an English titled husband? Millicent is reluctant because she knows there’s only one reason why Longbourne would want to marry her: she’s an heiress and it’s apparent he needs the money. In the late 19th century, cash strapped English aristocrats married American heiresses, who were part of the nouveau riche, in exchange for a title that would earn them a place in high society. Millicent is aware of Longbourne’s interest as well as everyone present at Buckfast Hall, Longbourne’s estate. When Longbourne is murdered… Read more »

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Feb 17
Spotlight: Author Rebecca Reid

Spotlight: Author Rebecca Reid

Synopsis: Enter The Coop, a dark and misleading psychological thriller about the destruction of innocence. A girl, apparently imprisoned in a room, is the thread of mystery running parallel to the tale of Thatchbury village. Meet Howard and Lilly. They take you on a journey through Thatchbury where Mathew, the child from the coop, shoots Jodie Tiding, and so unravels the history of his loveless raising, her innocence and the dramatic events leading them to disaster. The Coop is a darkly compelling vision of the layers of consciousness. Although conceived as the first novel in a trilogy, The Coop stands alone as a brilliant individual work of fiction About Rebecca Rebecca Reid was withdrawn from school due to illness at fourteen. Being limited in the things she was able to… Read more »

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Feb 15
Film Friday: A League of Their Own

Film Friday: A League of Their Own

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. One of my favorite films growing up was A League of Their Own. It stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty. The film is a fictionalized account of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league operated from 1943 to 1954. Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis played 10 seasons with the league and was the inspiration for the character portrayed by Geena Davis in the 1992 film. Ms. Paire-Davis died earlier this month at the age of 88. Davis, who was known as Pepper Paire in her playing days, entered the league in 1944, the year after it… Read more »

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Feb 15
Feature & Follow #1: Letter to Favorite Character

Feature & Follow #1: Letter to Favorite Character

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers. You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: Write a letter to your favorite character. Rant, rave or gush…just pretend like they are real and you just want to let them know a “few things”. – Activity courtesy of author, Kelly Walker I’ve decided on Archie Sheridan from the Archie / Gretchen series by Chelsea Cain. Dear Archie: I should be more formal since you are a detective, but like Susan, I’ve been on a few cases with you and feel… Read more »

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Feb 14
Guest Post: Valentine’s Day – Myth, Mystery or Money Making Machine by Derick Upton

Guest Post: Valentine’s Day – Myth, Mystery or Money Making Machine by Derick Upton

I’m really excited about today’s very special guest post! It’s written by one of my favorite vampires, Derick Upton. Upton can be found in Melissa R. Smith’s Sanguine series and currently she’s offering Legacy for free at Smashwords using coupon code: WC87W. Valentine’s Day – Myth, Mystery or Money Making Machine Greetings, my friends. Well, it seems I have been called upon to give insight into a topic which has confused and delighted humans for centuries, Valentine’s Day. The one day a year in which the idea of love is celebrated throughout the world. For humans, it can be a day of joy, to express to the one you love your unending devotion. Wedding vows are exchanged or renewed, proposals are made, cards sent, chocolates and roses delivered by the… Read more »

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Feb 14

Renoir’s The Lovers

Since it’s Valentine’s Day, I think this painting is fitting. Your thoughts regarding Renoir as a painter? Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)-The Lovers Oil on canvas

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Feb 12
He loves me, he loves me not

He loves me, he loves me not

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is romance. My list consists couples from history, literature, television and film. A little of everything. Who’s on your list? Abelard and Heloise Nothing screams true love forever than letting your lover’s family castrate you. Abelard heard how well read Heloise was and persuaded her uncle Fulbert to meet her. He realized she was beautiful and quite intelligent too. When they become lovers, her uncle finds out and they both flee to his sister’s house where she later gives birth to their child. They secretly marry despite Heloise refusing to marry him (she believed marriage would ruin his career prospects). Her uncle publicly announces the marriage, but she denies it and goes to a convent at Abelard’s urging. Fearing his… Read more »

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Feb 11
Book Review: Shannen Camp’s Finding June

Book Review: Shannen Camp’s Finding June

Can we take a moment to discuss the cover? It’s beautiful! I love the vintage and Hollywood feel to it and it definitely goes hand in hand with the premise of Finding June. What I really like about it, are the clothes worn by the cover models because it is something June and her friend Joseph would wear. Imagine for a moment having the opportunity of a lifetime: working alongside Hollywood’s heartthrob, Lukas Leighton. For sixteen-year-old June Laurie, her dream of being an actress is about to come true when she’s given the opportunity to audition for her favorite television series, Forensic Faculty. When she lands the job, she’s thrust into the Hollywood lifestyle and quickly learns the business. June believes everyone deserves the benefit of the doubt and soon… Read more »

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Feb 06
Book Review: Tom Barry’s When the Siren Calls

Book Review: Tom Barry’s When the Siren Calls

Isobel Roberts is a wealthy married woman, but her marriage is lacking passion. Her husband, Peter, is happy and satisfied when he’s on his laptop working. When the opportunity to travel to Marrakech is presented, Isobel happily accepts thinking she and Peter could use the holiday to rekindle their marriage, however; Isobel is left to wander the city alone. During one of her outings she’s saved by Jay Brooke. Isobel questions if Jay’s her savior or if she’s set herself up to another prey. The two are clearly attracted to each other, but nothing comes of it and Isobel quickly returns to her life in London. Months later Isobel and Jay come face to face during a real estate investment opportunity. This time there’s no denying the attraction and Isobel… Read more »

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Feb 05
Fangirl Bookish Memories

Fangirl Bookish Memories

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is bookish memories. This can be anything from waiting in line for a book release to meeting an author to finding an out of print book. What are your memories? 10. Fairy tales! When I was little, they were my go to reading choices even though I couldn’t associate with wanting to live happily ever after. What drew me to them was Europe and for a little girl growing up outside El Paso, Texas, trust me Europe seemed amazing. I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could go see where Cinderella lived and company. :sigh: My four-year- old self still insists I didn’t try hard enough to find Snow White when I was living abroad. 09. Winning the golden… Read more »

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Feb 04
Interview: Tom Barry

Interview: Tom Barry

Syndicated interview with Tom Barry, author of When the Siren Calls. Permission granted by Tom Barry to repost this interview. For more information please visit his website. Q: After a long career at the top of your profession, what prompted you to write a novel? My original plan was to write a business book that distilled down everything I’d learnt about selling over 20 years in the corporate world. But when the opportunity came, I decided that, if I were to be a writer, I’d rather entertain my readers than lecture them! Much more fascinating, it seemed to me, to embody everything I knew about persuasion in a fictional character, in a master persuader. Q: So, your business career was key to being able to write this story? Yes. People… Read more »

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