Monthly Archives:: April 2013

Apr 23
Books I Thought I’d Like More (Or Less) Than I Did

Books I Thought I’d Like More (Or Less) Than I Did

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: books we thought we’d like more or less. I’ve divided the list to include 5 books that were a disappointment and 5 that I loved. Disappointment Down To You by Michelle Leighton: I remember when Leighton said she would NEVER write a book with a detailed sex scene then comes Down To You. No that’s not why it was a disappointment. It’s more along the lines of the theme of cheating and Olivia not knowing which brother she slept with, but happily goes around and sleeps with both? uh no thank you. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young: Back when I was with the ex-blog, this was the IT book among the rest of the blog members. Since six… Read more »

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Apr 23

Romance at Random The Assassins Hockey Hop

Woo-hoo! Shea Alder, Lucas Brooks, and Tate Odder own my heart and we’re happy to be part of Romance at Random’s Assassins Hockey Hop! Enter for a chance to win the following from Random House: •5 eBook sets of The Assassins Series by Toni Aleo (retailer choice by winner) •10 NetGalley preview copies •1 $20 gift card to Starbucks 16 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! a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Apr 22
Cover Reveal: Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Redemption

Cover Reveal: Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Redemption

A few weeks ago I was speaking to Sylvain Reynard’s assistant, Enn, and when she asked if Lit, etc wanted to be part of the cover reveal for the third book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series, I couldn’t say no. I loved Gabriel’s Inferno and enjoyed Gabriel’s Rapture. While I’m a little disappointed we’re getting a third book (only because SR said early only on he wouldn’t write a third and then changed his mind), I’m happy to say hello to the Professor again. Come December don’t bother me because I’ll be busy reading Gabriel’s Redemption, but before I can do that, we have a cover reveal! Are you ready? * * * Series: Gabriel’s Inferno Publication date: December 03, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis Professor Gabriel Emerson has left… Read more »

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Apr 22
Book Review: Susan C Shea’s The King’s Jar

Book Review: Susan C Shea’s The King’s Jar

Susan C. Shea’s The King’s Jar is the second book in her Dani O’Rourke series. If you haven’t read the first book, Murder in the Abstract, don’t fret. I planned on reading it prior to The King’s Jar, but decided to go in without any previous knowledge as most new readers in a series do. It’s not necessary to read Murder in the Abstract, but be aware Shea does mention a few situations from the first book that may be viewed as spoilers, but I don’t think they are. The Dover Museum of Art and Antiquities is aflutter with the upcoming opening exhibit of the King’s Jar, a priceless African artifact. Dover’s chief fundraiser Dani O’ Rourke is one of the last people to see Dr. Rene Bouvier alive. He… Read more »

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Apr 19
Feature Follow #8: Author I’d Hang Out With

Feature Follow #8: Author I’d Hang Out With

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: If you could hang out with any author (living) who would it be and what would you want to do? I’m going to say Chelsea Cain because she seems like a pretty cool person to hang with. I’ve never meet her in person, but based on her tweets / FB posts and interviews I’ve seen, she looks like a fun person. As to what we’d do? We’d meet in Portland,… Read more »

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Apr 17
Spotlight: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Spotlight: Kendel Lynn’s Board Stiff

Title: Board Stiff Author: Kendel Lynn Genre: Mystery Publication Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: Henery Press Synopsis: As director of the Ballantyne Foundation on Sea Pine Island, SC, Elliott Lisbon scratches her detective itch by performing discreet inquiries for Foundation donors. Usually nothing more serious than retrieving a pilfered Pomeranian. Until Jane Hatting, Ballantyne board chair, is accused of murder. The Ballantyne’s reputation tanks, Jane’s headed to a jail cell, and Elliott’s sexy ex is the new lieutenant in town. Armed with moxie and her Mini Coop, Elliott uncovers a trail of blackmail schemes, gambling debts, illicit affairs, and investment scams. But the deeper she digs to clear Jane’s name, the guiltier Jane looks. The closer she gets to the truth, the more treacherous her investigation becomes: a brutal attack… Read more »

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Apr 17
Cover Reveal: RaShelle Workman’s Touching Melody

Cover Reveal: RaShelle Workman’s Touching Melody

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 Steven Novak Title: Touching Melody Author: RaShelle Workman Series: Forever First #1 Publication date: June 2013 Genre: New Adult Contemporary Synopsis Maddie Martin’s first weekend at college is nothing like she’s used to. It’s wild, like the wilderness on which the University of Bellam Springs sits. Roped into going to a frat party, she literally runs into Kyle Hadley. The boy she’s loved since she was nine. The boy she promised all of her firsts to. But that was before his father killed her parents. Determined to stay away from him, she throws herself into her music. Practicing piano eases… Read more »

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Apr 16
Blog Tour: Review-Lynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lynnette Austin’s Somebody Like You + Giveaway

Annelise Montjoy leads a life of privilege and one we can only dream of. As an heiress she knows firsthand that money can buy anything except life. She travels to Maverick Junction against the wishes of her family because she believes the answer to her family’s prayer can be located there. There’s one slight problem, she meets Cash Hardeman and he’s different from the men she’s use to. He’s hardworking and not to mention good looking. The two are attracted to each other, but both come from different backgrounds. Even though they come from different worlds, both harbor a secret. Annelise’s is her true identity and Cash’s involves a stipulation in his grandfather’s will that he must meet. Will they be able to set aside their differences and give love… Read more »

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Apr 16
Books I Want to Reread

Books I Want to Reread

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: Rewind. Meaning we get to revisit a past top ten topic and I decided on books I’d want to reread. 01. Amanda Quick’s Slightly Shady. My reason for this has to do with the fact I read an ARC of her upcoming book, The Mystery Woman, and the hero, Joshua, reminds me a lot of Tobias in Slightly Shady. I just want to compare them and see why I kept insisting Joshua is like Tobias. 02. Liz Carlyle’s The Devil You Know. I love her earlier books, but lately I’m longing to read and get lost…okay be seduced by Bentley. I like to pretend I’m the heroine instead. LOL! 03. Brenda Joyce’s Deadly Love. Okay I want to reread… Read more »

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Apr 15

Important Announcement: We’re Now Located at Literaryetc.com!

Well…we have a .com! It was an impulsive buy, but something I’ve been wanting to do and wasn’t sure when it was going to happen (either at the end of the 6 month blog anniversary in June or at the end of the year). You have much more control over a wordpress.org blog than a wordpress.com one. Then I saw A Bookish Heart make a post about her new address and how awesome the new host was in helping her move that I couldn’t resist. On top of that they were having a 30% discount and that pretty much made me bite the bullet. Adam from Safe Shark Hosting is AMAZING! He set up wordpress and transferred the blog over. Thank you doesn’t seem enough for his support. I appreciate… Read more »

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Apr 15

RomCon Tax Day Relief Blog Hop & Giveaway

We’re happy to be part of RomCon’s Tax Day Relief Blog Hop! I’m hoping to attend this year’s Rom Con, but still not sure. In the meantime let’s do a giveaway! Since it’s a “Tempting” month, I’m offering one lucky winner an ebook copy of Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire either from Amazon or Barnes and Noble. To enter simply a comment below with your preferred format. If you prefer a paperback copy, check out the interview with Jessica for a chance to win 1 of 2 copies (US only). Synopsis: Crickitt Day needs a job . . . any job. After her husband walks out on her, she’s determined to re-build her life and establish a new career. When swoon-worthy billionaire Shane August hires her as his assistant, she… Read more »

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Apr 15
Book Review: Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman

Book Review: Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman

I’m a fan of Amanda Quick (aka Jayne Ann Krentz) and auto-buy her books. I admit I lost interest in her Arcane series once we reached the conclusion of how Jones & Jones agency came together and she started expanding the Arcane series to include outside associates. I wanted to prep for this review by reading the last 3 books I missed, but decided it would be best to read from a new reader’s perspective without any previous knowledge as most new readers. Amanda Quick’s The Mystery Woman is the second book in her Ladies of Lantern Street series. If you haven’t read the first book, Crystal Gardens, it’s not necessary to do so. Quick does a good job giving you an overview of what exactly the agency Flint &… Read more »

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