Monthly Archives:: March 2013

Mar 25
Interview: Alan Cupp

Interview: Alan Cupp

I’m really happy to welcome Alan Cupp today to Literary, etc! His book, Malicious Masquerade is released tomorrow. If you’ve never read a mystery or are thinking of trying a new genre, do look into Malicious Masquerade. I reviewed it here. Q. Tell me something about Alan Cupp other than the standard bio on your website. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Heath. Q. When writing, do you create a detailed plot outline and write from that, or do you allow the story to play out as you write? I don’t do outlines. Typically, I get a concept for a story and usually have a rough idea of how I want it to start and how I want it to end. Then it’s a matter of connecting… Read more »

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Mar 24
Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Shaken, Not Stirred

Book Review: Aaron Cooley’s Shaken, Not Stirred

Imagine for a moment Ian Fleming writing the opening scene of his first James Bond novel, Casino Royale. Do you ever wonder where he got the inspiration for the world’s most famous spy? Several candidates have been named, but in Aaron Cooley’s Shaken, Not Stirred, the spy who helps a young Fleming is none other than Dušan Popov. Names are changed, Popov becomes Dusan Petrović and Fleming is Ioan Phlegm. Cooley’s Shaken, Not Stirred is a fictionalized account of Ian Fleming’s wartime work, but it’s easy to imagine it really happening. In Shaken, Not Stirred, a young Ioan is working for the Naval Intelligence and he’s sent to the Congo to find and report back to MI6 the whereabouts of double agent Dusan Petrović. His naiveté is apparent and he… Read more »

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Mar 22
Film Friday: The Bridges of Madison County

Film Friday: The Bridges of Madison County

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. I haven’t read the book, but I adore the film!  The scene in the rain where Robert is waiting for Francesca gets me all worked up with tears and I keep saying, “go, go, go,” and when the scene is over I’m just an emotional mess. Francesca: I had thoughts about him I hardly knew what to do with, and he read every one. Whatever I wanted, he gave himself up to, and in that moment everything I knew to be true about myself was gone. I was acting like another woman, yet I was more myself than ever before. The Bridges… Read more »

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Mar 21
Feature & Follow #5: My Guilty Reading Pleasure

Feature & Follow #5: My Guilty Reading Pleasure

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, Networked Blogs, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: What is your guilty pleasure as far as reading? Is it a genre, or is it a certain type of book? I can’t say no to historical romances especially those set in Regency / Victorian times. I have to say, I LOVE long lost lovers reunited. There’s something about the angst of them being apart to the smoldering looks they give each other across the ballroom and the whole will they… Read more »

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Mar 20
Blog Tour: Review-Jessa Russo’s Ever + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Jessa Russo’s Ever + Giveaway

Seventeen-year old Ever Van Ruysdael has a secret: she’s been in love with her childhood best friend, Frankie, for years and never got the chance to tell him. Two years ago, Frankie and Ever were involved in a car accident and Frankie died. He helped Ever stay alive by guiding her to safety and Frankie became ghost following his death. He’s been living with Ever and her family since that night. Although she knows they can never be together she longs for a boyfriend or to experience the feelings of falling in love. When Frankie’s father sells his house, she quickly catches the eye of the new neighbor’s son, Toby. Soon her and Toby are spending time together and she has to grapple with her new feelings for him while… Read more »

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Mar 19
Cover Reveal: Paige Edward’s Dare Me Forever

Cover Reveal: Paige Edward’s Dare Me Forever

I’m so excited for this book to come out and can’t wait to read it, but first we have a cover reveal for it! * * * Cover designed by Rachel Elizabeth Publication date: April 2013 Genre: Romantic Erotica Synopsis It’s the beginning of her new life . . . Twenty-three year old Amy Miller has been responsible for her little brother ever since their dad dropped dead and their mom took off seven years ago. Now that her brother is eighteen, Amy’s ready to fulfill her dream of opening her own Stationary Store. She’s ready to start a new life. But the past has a way of sneaking up on you . . . Then an old friend comes back to town–Amy’s high school boyfriend, Brad Smith, to be… Read more »

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Mar 19
Books That Begged For A Home But I Still Haven’t Read

Books That Begged For A Home But I Still Haven’t Read

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: Books you bought but still haven’t read. If it were up to me, I’d keep buying books that sounded interesting and never look back, but at some point they need to be read. Right? What’s on your list? In no particular order: 01. Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol: Okay this one I didn’t actually buy, but won from Borders a few years ago. I HAD to have it and hence when the clue to win it went up, I quickly went down to the store to snatch it up and did. I feel guilty that it is sitting there waiting for me. 02. Pierre Choderlos de Laclos’ Dangerous Liaisons: I love the film version and a few years ago… Read more »

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Mar 17
Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Jessica Scott’s The Long Way Home

Cover Reveal & Giveaway: Jessica Scott’s The Long Way Home

I’m thrilled to announce that after a long way, the cover for The Long Way Home is finally out. The fabulous Shawntelle Madison did an amazing job with this, didn’t she? Want your own copy? Buy it at: Barnes & Noble| Smashwords | Amazon | Kobo Synopsis: My name is Jessica Scott. I am a soldier. I am a mother. I am a wife. In 2009, Army second lieutenant Jessica Scott deployed to Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. She thought deploying was the hardest thing she’d ever do. She was wrong. This is the story of a mother coming home from war and learning to be a mom again. This is the story of a lieutenant making the grade and becoming a company commander…. Read more »

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Mar 17

Waller’s The Challenge

There’s just something beautiful about The Challenge. Maybe it’s the two gentlemen are having a private conversation while the woman is off to the side by herself. Your thoughts? Samuel Edmund Waller (1850-1903) – The Challenge Oil on canvas

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Mar 15
Film Friday: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown

Film Friday: Her Majesty Mrs. Brown

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. We’re back with Film Friday and this time, it’s Her Majesty Mrs. Brown. It stars Judi Dench as Queen Victoria and Billy Connolly as her Scottish servant, John Brown. PBS has a wonderful article about the making of the film. Her Majesty Mrs. Brown (1997) Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely to lead to monarchy crisis.

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Mar 15
Feature & Follow #4: Favorite Outdoor Reading Spot

Feature & Follow #4: Favorite Outdoor Reading Spot

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, Networked Blogs, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: Tell us about your favorite outdoor reading spot. Or take a picture. Well I can’t really sit outdoors in the Spring and Summer because I have a slight sun allergy. No matter how much sunblock I slather on, I might be okay for an hour before the itching hits me, usually about an hour or two later. So I’ll read indoors, but I can tell you about my favorite spot when… Read more »

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