Monthly Archives:: April 2013

Apr 30
Postscript: April 2013

Postscript: April 2013

I’m sure most of you saw the announcement of our move from wordpress.com to wordpress.org. Let’s see…besides a new host, did you notice any changes? I won a layout and the UBB plugin from Ashley over at Nose Graze. The giveaway was part of her blogversary and I installed the plugin a few days ago and our review index changed. I also tweaked the layout she made and with Lauren’s help, I played with color combinations and designed a new header. Let us know what you think! If you’re a book blogger, do check out Ashley’s UBB plugin. Here’s a recap of what you may have missed on Literary, etc during April. News and Features Top Ten Tuesday: Include These Words & I’ll Buy Your Book Film Friday: The Great… Read more »

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Apr 30
Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Book Review: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Elliott Lisbon is the Director of the Ballantyne Foundation and is working on her private investigator license. She conducts discreet inquires on behalf of the Foundation and when a board member, Leo Hirschorn, is found murdered, the Foundation’s benefactor specifically asks for Elliott’s assistance. She agrees, but then realizes that means trying to clear another board member’s name, Jane Walcott Hatting, and there’s no love lost between her and Jane. Elliott recognizes her investigation would be easier if the new Lieutenant, Nick Ransom, would take her seriously, but she understands that may never happen. After all, he’s her ex-boyfriend who ended things suddenly and quickly walked out of her life. Will Elliott solve Leo’s murder without Nick’s assistance or will she realize the culprit is who the police suspect? Can… Read more »

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Apr 30
Include these words and I’ll buy your book

Include these words and I’ll buy your book

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: words, topics that instantly make us buy a book Reunited Lovers Hands down without a doubt: long lost lovers reunited. I don’t know why this is my favorite, but maybe it has to do with second chances and the fact that sparks are still flying between the two. My favorite book that features this is Sherry Thomas’ Not Quite A Husband. It’s filled with tons of angst, but because I’m an angst whore, it’s perfect for me. Marriage of Convenience I do love a good marriage of convenience plot because let’s face it, our hero / heroine will get together despite their efforts to keep away from each other. If there’s an agreement of let’s say, go their separate… Read more »

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Apr 29
Spotlight:Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

Spotlight:Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy

If you’re a mystery fan, be sure to check out Gretchen Archer’s Double Whammy. It sounds like a great read! Title: Double Whammy Author: Gretchen Archer Genre: Mystery Publication Date: May 14, 2013 Publisher: Henery Press Synopsis: Davis Way thinks she’s hit the jackpot when she lands a job as the fifth wheel on an elite security team at the fabulous Bellissimo Resort and Casino in Biloxi, Mississippi. But once there, she runs straight into her ex-ex husband, a rigged slot machine, her evil twin, and a trail of dead bodies. Davis learns the truth and it does not set her free—in fact, it lands her in the pokey. Buried under a mistaken identity, unable to seek help from her family, her hot streak runs cold until her landlord Bradley… Read more »

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Apr 29
Guest Post: Write What You Know, Right? by Susan Shea

Guest Post: Write What You Know, Right? by Susan Shea

I’m really excited for today’s guest! Today, I have the honor of having Susan C. Shea as our guest author. She delves into the background of The King’s Jar as well as how her real life experience influenced Dani’s character. The King’s Jar will be released on May 1st and I reviewed it here. I hope you take the opportunity to add The King’s Jar to your TBR list and get lost into Dani’s world. Write What You Know, Right? Well, right and not right. It helps to start somewhere solid, whether it’s an emotional truth, an experiential base, or a firm knowledge of a specific discipline. As a writer, I need to make my story credible. If I set it in an auto body shop as the late, much-admired… Read more »

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Apr 26
Film Friday: The Great Gatsby

Film Friday: The Great Gatsby

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 starting the countdown to the release of The Great Gatsby! I chose the 1974 adaptation with Robert Redford as Gatsby and Mia Farrow as Daisy to showcase. It’s the third adaption and one that is often praised for staying as close to the book as possible, but it lacks the spark of the Jazz Age. Nick Carraway: There was music from my neighbor’s house through those summer nights. In his enchanted gardens, men and girls came and went like moths, among the whispering and the champagne and the stars. I believe that few people were actually invited to these parties…. Read more »

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Apr 25
Feature Follow #9: Songs & Books

Feature Follow #9: Songs & Books

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, Bloglovin, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: Is there a song that reminds you of a book? Or vice versa? What is the song & the book? Not really, but I do have to say that during the George Strait concert, when he sang The Chair I thought of Lynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You. The scene specifically when Cash goes to up Annelise and wants to sit with her while she eats lunch at the diner. This… Read more »

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Apr 25
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Girl

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Girl

Laurel Ulen Curtis’s The One Girl picks up right where we left off in The One Place. This time it’s told in Tucker’s point of view and what a breath of fresh air! Kudos to Curtis for giving us a male perspective in a second book instead of having to wait for his point of view in a later book like some authors are prone to do (if they decide to so). If you haven’t read The One Place then I highly recommend doing so because you’ll be lost otherwise. Tucker and Natalie have to deal with the fact that Andrew has found Natalie and is back in town. Tucker finally finds out how much of a monster Andrew really is. Natalie has to come to grips with her past… Read more »

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Apr 25
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Place

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Place

Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Place is her debut novel and deals with the difficult subject matter of abusive. The overall theme of the book is present throughout, but not as heavily as it was in the beginning. I don’t want to put off readers because it’s a good book, but I do want to warn anyone before reading the rest of the review in case you are sensitive. Natalie Dalton is a suffocating relationship and she questions if she has the ability to leave. When the opportunity arrives to leave her life behind, she jumps at the chance and with the little money she saved up, she makes her way away from New York City to Tennessee. There she’s able to reinvent herself and meets a good looking stranger,… Read more »

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Apr 25

Blog Tour: Review-Laurel Ulen Curtis’ The One Series + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on The One Series Blog Tour! There are 2 reviews for both books and 2 giveaways. One of them is for an ebook set of the Series and the other is for signed set of the series and a $25 Amazn gift card. If you’d like to win a copy of the series just leave a comment and you’ll be entered. I’ll pick a winner on Saturday evening using random.org.

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Apr 24
Cover Reveal: Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines

Cover Reveal: Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines

I’ve been reading Toni Aleo’s Assassins series these past few weeks nonstop. I thought Shea Adler owned my heart, but nope Lucas Brooks stole it. I’m patiently waiting for the release of Blue Lines which won’t be until August. Boo! In the meantime we have a cover reveal! Are you ready? * * * Series: The Assassins Publication date: August 13, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis Opposites do more than just attract in Tony Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist. The instant Piper Allen sees Erik Titov, she wants him—wants his rock-hard body, sure, but the strength and mystery that lie behind that superstar hockey jock demeanor, too. So when he sidles up to her at a bar and… Read more »

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Apr 23
Cover Reveal: Rebecca Reid’s Thickets Wood

Cover Reveal: Rebecca Reid’s Thickets Wood

I’ve been waiting for what seems like forever for book two in the Thickets Wood series. In reality, I’ve only been waiting a few months. I’m really excited for this exclusive cover reveal. Neil Shawcross designed the first cover for The Coop and it’s no surprise he designed the second. It’s stunning! * * * Series: Thickets Wood Publication date: April 26, 2013 Genre: Psychological Thriller Synopsis When all seems dark, where is your escape? He was her captor. A man damaged by tragedy, forcing her into a world of make believe. She became her own salvation. Her mind is both her torturer and the key to freedom through a world of her own creation. Thatchbury is a village much like any other, yet beneath the surface flows a stream… Read more »

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