Monthly Archives:: March 2013

Mar 31

Postscript: March 2013

We had a fantastic March! I’m hoping April is just as awesome. I’m hoping you’ll join us for a few giveaways and I’m calling April a Tempting month. We also have some great interviews with two rocking authors and I hope you enjoy getting to know them better. Here’s a recap of what you may have missed on Literary, etc during March. News and Features Film Friday: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Top Ten Tuesday:10 Books I Recommend Film Friday: The Bridges of Madison County Feature & Follow: My Guilty Reading Pleasure Film Friday: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown Discussion: Swag Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Bought, But Still Haven’t Read Feature & Follow: Favorite Reading Spot Top Ten Tuesday:TBR List: Books To Read By June Top Ten Tuesday: Books… Read more »

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Mar 31

Romance at Random Blog Hop: Hero of My Heart

We’re happy to be part of Romance at Random’s Hero of My Heart Blog Hop! Enter for a chance to win the following from Random House: •5 eBook copies of Hero of My Heart by Megan Frampton (retailer choice by winner) •3 eBook copies of A Vampires Salvation by Virna De Paul (retailer choice by winner) •2 Ebook copies of Taking Shots by Toni Aleo (retailer choice by winner) •A box of books including Debbie Macomber’s next release Starting Now (US only) 11 winners in all- must be 18 or older to win! Random House handles the contest prizes. Hop around to the various sites to increase your chances to win! Good luck! Press “click” on the image below to enter: [gigya src=”http://cdn.tagul.com/cloud.swf” type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” allowscriptaccess=”always” width=”600″ height=”400″ flashvars=”id=137581@2″] Click on… Read more »

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Mar 29
Film Friday: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Film Friday: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

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. This past Tuesday was Tennessee Williams’ birthday and what better way to honor the memory of a great American playwright, than to feature one of his adaptations. I debated over which film to showcase, but decided on Cat on a Hot Roof because Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman deliver outstanding performances. Maggie: You know what I feel like? I feel all the time like a cat on a hot tin roof. Brick: Then jump off the roof, Maggie. Jump off it. Cats jump off roofs and land uninjured. Do it. Jump. Maggie: Jump where? Into what? Cat on a Hot Tin… Read more »

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Mar 28
Spotlight: Tanya J Peterson’s Leave of Absence

Spotlight: Tanya J Peterson’s Leave of Absence

Title: Leave of Absence Author: Tanya J. Peterson Genre: Contemporary Fiction Publication Date: April 01, 2013 Publisher: Inkwater Press Synopsis: “Each substance of a grief has twenty shadows.” — William Shakespeare Hollywood has stereotyped the schizophrenic. Prepare for your perceptions to be shattered. Penelope Baker grapples with schizophrenia. She has suffered losses, and her grief has deep and numerous shadows. Oliver Graham, utterly bereft, wrestles with guilt. He has suffered losses, and his grief has deep and numerous shadows. Leave of Absence unveils the complexity—and the humanity—underlying psychological struggles. When Oliver Graham’s suicide attempt fails, he is admitted to Airhaven Behavioral Health Center. Unable to cope with the traumatic loss of his beloved wife and son, he finds a single thread of attachment to life in Penelope, a fellow patient… Read more »

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Mar 28
Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Taking Shots

Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Taking Shots

Let me start off by saying, I’m a HUGE hockey fan (Dallas Stars!) and as a reader I’m aware of sports themed romance plots; however, I had no idea there were hockey related plots. It just never crossed my mind and when I came across Toni Aleo’s Taking Shots, I knew I had to read it immediately. Eleanor Fisher has spent the last six years thinking no man would want her after her ex-finance treated her like dirt. She’s insecure about her about weight despite losing the weight she gained due to an illness. Elli is a former Broadway actress, but now she has a thriving career in Nashville as a photographer with a successful business. Her uncle, Bryan Fisher, owns the Nashville Assassins and hires her to take the… Read more »

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Mar 27
Spotlight: The Ashford Affair

Spotlight: The Ashford Affair

Any historical fiction fans? I really like Lauren Willig’s writing and am looking forward to reading this one! Title: The Ashford Affair Author: Lauren Willig Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: April 09, 2013 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Synopsis: As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . . What follows is a… Read more »

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Mar 27
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ April Drools

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ April Drools

I adored April Drools! Of course there goes my theory of Hardy secretly crushing on Rhapsody. April Drools picks up a few months after Vampire Valentine takes place and our favorite couple Rhapsody and Reese are still together. This time, we get Hardy’s story and oh what a story it is! Our three favorite supernatural beings are still misfits, even though the school has become more aware of them now that Rhapsody has been dating Reese. When the new girl, Claire, enrolls, every male has eyes for her and Hardy isn’t the exception. Taking one look at her, our favorite werewolf just turns into putty and he’s a bit upset when Rhapsody and Samantha approach her. Only because he’s not sure of what to make of her. Claire isn’t too… Read more »

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Mar 26
Robert Frost’s A Prayer in Spring

Robert Frost’s A Prayer in Spring

Today is Robert Frost’s birthday and I decided to share one of my favorite Frost poems: A Prayer in Spring. What’s your favorite Frost work? A Prayer in Spring Oh, give us pleasure in the flowers to-day; And give us not to think so far away As the uncertain harvest; keep us here All simply in the springing of the year. Oh, give us pleasure in the orchard white, Like nothing else by day, like ghosts by night; And make us happy in the happy bees, The swarm dilating round the perfect trees. And make us happy in the darting bird That suddenly above the bees is heard, The meteor that thrusts in with needle bill, And off a blossom in mid air stands still. For this is love and… Read more »

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Mar 26
Book Review: Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler

Book Review: Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler

I’m a fan of science fiction and as a historian, time travel plots can leave me rolling my eyes. When I came across Arthur Gonzalez’s The Photo Traveler, I was a bit unsure of how to proceed, but within the first three chapters, I was hooked and didn’t want to stop reading. Life hasn’t been easy for seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone. His adopted father is a drunk and beats him and his adopted sister lies to get her way. They both blame Gavin for the death of his adopted mother and he lives with the guilt knowing he caused her death. One night after a beating, he’s had enough. Finding his original adoption papers, Gavin decides to look for the grandparents who gave him up for adoption. One the way to… Read more »

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Mar 26
Books I Recommend

Books I Recommend

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: Books you recommend. A problem I run into when people ask others for book recommendations is, there is never a question of what books does the person asking like. If you ask them, it saves you the time from trying to find something they might not be interested in reading or hating. For Mystery / Thriller Fans A Beautiful Blue Death by Charles Finch. I always recommend this to mystery fans especially those who are fans of a traditional detective novel. It does suffer from debut hiccups, but it introduces to gentleman detective Charles Lenox. Heartsick by Chelsea Cain. If you’re looking for a serial killer series, this is your book, but instead of a traditional male killer Cain… Read more »

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Mar 25

Invitation: April is Awesome

What: April is Awesome–a month-long celebration of books that will be published during the awesomest month of the year! Author interviews and guest posts, excerpts and giveaways, I’ve got a lot planned! Where: Ruby’s Reads, of course! When: The entire month of April Why: Because it’s my birthday month and I wanted to celebrate in a big way. What to expect:

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