Monthly Archives:: March 2013

Mar 14
The Round Table: Swag

The Round Table: Swag

A good friend and I were discussing the pros and cons of swag. Who doesn’t like free stuff? Right? There’s something about it that makes us stand up and want it even if we have no use for it. Authors and publishers use promotional items to help spread the word about upcoming releases. Swag can be bookmarks, postcards, soap, lip balm, pens, etc. It is suppose to remind us about an author or prompt us to look up information regarding a book and/or author. I’m not a fan of swag I can’t use. I’ll use a pen, but admit it won’t prompt me to research an author. As for postcards, I like the ones you can write a message to someone and drop it off in the mail. A win-win… Read more »

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Mar 14
Book Review: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver

Book Review: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver

Melissa R. Smith’s Touch of Silver is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Legacy. It can be read as a standalone if you don’t mind not knowing the back story; however, Smith does an excellent job keeping readers up to date without bogging down the reader in history. A new reader can easily read this book without too many spoilers. Touch of Silver picks up where Legacy left off; months have passed since Roman and Devani last saw each other. She’s a prisoner at work with her all actions being reported to London and the Militia. Devai is surprised when Echo gets in touch and requests for her to change her work shift. Unaware of the reason, she reluctantly agrees and later that evening, she comes face to face with Roman…. Read more »

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Mar 13
Interview: Rebecca Reid

Interview: Rebecca Reid

I’m really excited for you to meet Rebecca Reid! She wrote the psychological thriller, The Coop, and it is hands down one of the BEST books I read in 2012. If you’ve never read a thriller or are thinking of trying a new genre, do look into The Coop. I reviewed it here. Q. Many of our readers are not familiar with you and your work, so tell us a bit about yourself. I am a wife, a mum, and a writer. Wife, some of the time. Mum, all of the time and writer for twelve hours a week. Not to mention, housemaid, chef and dog walker. Q. What’s your writing process? Some authors like to write dialogue first then go back to stage it, while others do a combination… Read more »

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Mar 12
Spotlight: The Photo Traveler

Spotlight: The Photo Traveler

Title: The Photo Traveler Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez Genre: YA / Science Fiction Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father. Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.” Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC. When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he… Read more »

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Mar 12
Books I Will Have Read by June

Books I Will Have Read by June

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: Spring TBR books. Since you can include books you hope to read and those that are being released, I’ve included both. What’s on your list? In no particular order: Sylvia Day’s Entwined With You Synopsis: From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined… Read more »

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Mar 11
Book Review: Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness

Book Review: Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness

A few weeks ago, I read a short review in Entertainment Weekly for Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness. It sounded intriguing and when I found out my local library had a copy, I quickly requested a hold. I can’t describe how I feel about Scent of Darkness because I just don’t know what to say. Berwin’s Scent of Darkness is a coming of age story. Eva grew up with a mother who resented her because she was the product of a one night stand. Being Catholic, her mother didn’t get an abortion and made it her mission to spend little time with Eva. Eva was raised her by grandmother, Louise who is a perfume maker and teaches her about how scents play a central role in our lives. When Louise… Read more »

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Mar 10

Bisson’s Winter

I’m a big fan of Edouard Bisson and I just love this painting of his. The detail and the color are just striking. Your thoughts? Edouard Bisson (1856-1939) – Winter Oil on canvas

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Mar 10
Cover Reveal: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver + Excerpt

Eeek! The wait is almost over! Touch of Silver is the highly anticipated sequel to Legacy and it will be released very soon. In the meantime Melissa has given us an exclusive excerpt and of course a first look at the beautiful cover! * * * Synopsis It was supposed to be so simple for Devani Daniels. Stay away from Sanguines and the Militia would leave her alone. Knowing the inner workings of the fanatical organization, Devani should have realized that London Weinright, the division’s current leader, wouldn’t give up so easily. Now, not only is she being harassed by her Sanguine-hating co-workers, but she’s alone without her one true love, Roman, the Sanguine she pushed away to keep him safe. Despite releasing Devani from their connection, Roman has discovered… Read more »

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Mar 06
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee

Today is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite poem: How Do I Love Thee?  What’s your favorite Browning poem? How Do I Love Thee? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost… Read more »

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Mar 06
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire

The romance genre is oversaturated with billionaire plots and even though I had my doubts, Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire was a pleasant surprise. Crickitt Day is down on her luck and needs a job. Hoping to chase the blues away she agrees to a night out with her best friend Sadie. While at the bar Crickitt breaks down into tears as she takes stock of her life and what she’s lost. Across from Crickitt is Shane August and his cousin Aiden. Shane reluctantly agrees to go out with Aiden to help him get back into the dating scene. Aiden quickly zeroes in on Crickitt and seeing her tears assumes she’ll be easy to seduce; however, Shane takes one look at Crickitt and his heart stops. He’s interested in her… Read more »

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Mar 06
Cover Reveal: Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Ah, this sounds like an interesting read and I can’t wait to read it! I also really like the cover! Ready? * * * Synopsis Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea. One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with… Read more »

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Mar 05
Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

I’m excited to welcome the lovely Rachelle B as today’s guest blogger! She was kind enough to attend Gillian Flynn’s discussion and book signing in Chicago. If you’re wondering, I’m the friend who sent the book. On 2/13/13 I had the opportunity to hear Gillian Flynn speak at the Harold Washington Library. I had never read anything by this author, but a friend of mine in New Mexico is a huge fan, so I figured I’d check her out. My friend ended up sending me a copy of Flynn’s newest book, Gone Girl, so I definitely had to go now. I’m so glad I did. Flynn is an entertaining and inspirational person. When asked when her interest in writing ‘darker’ books began, she told us that her very first short… Read more »

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