Monthly Archives:: May 2013

May 31
Blog Tour: Review-Eve Devon’s The Waiting Game

Blog Tour: Review-Eve Devon’s The Waiting Game

Five years ago, Brooke Bennett was living the life every musician dreams of. She was part of a highly successful band and walked away from it all after she’s rescued from her stalker’s clutches. While she cuts herself off from her friends to live a quiet life in another country, Brooke’s former bodyguard, Cameron Dexter, is hard at work running his security business. When word reaches him of Sprinks’ release, he only has one priority, to protect Brooke. Eve Devon has us asking, what would we do if we were put in Brooke’s shoes? Devon’s The Waiting Game has it all, suspense and hint of romance. In terms of characterization, we have sexy Cameron. He’s dedicated to his job and when he hears about Sprinks’ release, he didn’t have to… Read more »

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May 31

Armchair BEA: Day 4-Ethics & Non-Fiction

Today’s topic is ethics and it’s one that is important regardless of what type of blogger you are. I’m finding it difficult to voice my opinion on this and I apologize if my thoughts jump from place to place. I haven’t dealt with plagiarism yet, but I’ve had a review or two show up at another blog without credit. Usually a quick note, asking for a link back works. I am aware of a blog that currently has one of my reviews up despite me asking them a million times to take it down and they copied word for word my policies and request for review page. I’m at the point where I just try to ignore they exist, but it’s annoying (especially since they have a little over 8k… Read more »

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May 30

Armchair BEA: Day 3-Literary Fiction

(credit: © Tom Gauld) Everyone defines literary fiction differently and I’m not going to get into the whole academic argument of what it is. When I think about lit fiction, I think about books in a bookstore that can’t be shelved in particular areas. Take for example, if you were come to across Colleen Hoover’s Slammed at your local Barnes & Noble store, it’s located in the romance section. If you look at Twilight, it’s shelved in the YA section or Harry Potter is in the children’s section. And yet, when you look for let’s say Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander it’s not in the romance section, it’s in the general fiction area. This is why several classic books such as To Kill a Mockingbird are shelved as lit fiction when I… Read more »

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May 30

Armchair BEA: Giveaway Day!

Well the plus side to not attending BEA is not having to make arrangements for all the books attendees gather. Okay, I realize that for some that’s not a plus. I have decided to give away 2 paperback copies with signed bookplates of Tammara Webber’s Easy. It’s open international as long as The Book Depository ships to where you live (check here). Please note-if you are outside the US/Canada the bookplate will arrive separately from the book. Synopsis: He watched her, but never knew her. Until thanks to a chance encounter, he became her savior… The attraction between them was undeniable. Yet the past he’d worked so hard to overcome, and the future she’d put so much faith in, threatened to tear them apart. Only together could they fight the… Read more »

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May 29

Armchair BEA: Day 2-Genre Fiction

Today’s topic is genre fiction and I’ve encountered a few people who look down at those who read (insert genre). I’m not sure why since I’m all for anyone reading no matter what it is. I review a variety of genres here at Literary, etc. My favorites though are historical romance and mystery (suspense / thrillers included). I’ve always been a mystery fan. I was the weird girl reading Sir Arthur Conan Doyle at age of 12 when I ran out of Nancy Drew books to read (I grew up in town with a population of less than 2,000). There’s something thrilling about solving the mystery alongside our lead detective. I get a rush of excitement and then comes the big reveal…was I right or wrong? Some mysteries throw me… Read more »

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May 29

Armchair BEA: Day 2-Blogger Development

Blogger development is difficult when you are starting out on your own. As I mentioned in my Armchair BEA intro, I was part of a multi-member blogging team with an extensive network. In the four months I was a member, they had a little over 5,000 followers (Twitter, FB, email subscribers combined). I formed several close relationships with some followers, but when I left, I had no one to turn to. A few that I spoke to afterwards didn’t end up following me to Lit, etc despite their enthusiasm and encouragement to keep blogging. So here I was in January of this year and decided to start forming connections by commenting at other start up blogs in hopes of growing a network. The plan failed primarily because newbie bloggers already… Read more »

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May 29
Guest Post: Why I write Regency Romance by Lecia Cornwall

Guest Post: Why I write Regency Romance by Lecia Cornwall

As most of you probably know, I love historical romance. My preference has always been a Regency romance and I shy away from the other historical periods because there’s something missing. Today I’m honored to welcome Lecia Cornwall to Literary, etc! Her newest release, The Secret Life of Lady Julia is now available and I’m hoping to start it this weekend. I’ve always been curious why historical romance writers chose the period they tend to set their books in. When the opportunity came to have Lecia write a guest post, I wanted to know what drew her to the period (thank you!). Why I write Regency Romance I didn’t plan to, actually. I loved to write stories at school. I wrote bad poetry, good essays, and painted passably in high… Read more »

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May 28
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Who Doesn’t Love Cupcakes? by Darlene Panzera

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Who Doesn’t Love Cupcakes? by Darlene Panzera

Today’s our stop on The Cupcake Diaries blog tour! I’m excited to welcome Darlene Panzera who shares a super yummy cupcake recipe and guess what? It’s vegan and gluten free so anyone can enjoy them! I really enjoyed the series and reviewed all three novellas here. I do have to warn you-have some cupcakes on hand because you’ll be craving them afterwards! Who Doesn’t Love Cupcakes? Thank you for having me here today! I am very excited to share with you my new series: THE CUPCAKE DIARIES: Sweet on You, Recipe for Love, and Taste of Romance. I write sweet, fun-loving romance and in these 3 short, light-hearted novellas Andi, her sister, Kim, and their friend Rachel follow their dream to open a cupcake shop and find true love! In… Read more »

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May 28
South of Surrender Release Day Blitz + Excerpt & Giveaway

South of Surrender Release Day Blitz + Excerpt & Giveaway

I am thrilled to welcome Chrysander Notos and Laney Summerlyn to the world today! Chrys and Laney are the hero and heroine of South of Surrender, the third book in my Greek-mythology inspired Hearts of the Anemoi series. The Anemoi were wind gods the Greeks associated with controlling the wind, the weather, and the seasons, and as the summer god, Chrys is the hottest of them all! Chrys just might also be the most tortured of them all. And the thing I love about tortured heroes? Their redemption is so, so sweet! Need more proof? Check out this excerpt with Chrys and Laney in a hot tub (hmm…where could this scene go next? *muhaha!*) as well as the giveaway that follows! Excerpt: “Stop it, Laney. Just stop.” Chrys hated the… Read more »

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May 27

Armchair BEA 2013: Introduction

I really wish I was in NYC with my fellow bloggers who are attending BEA (Book Expo America), but alas I can’t be and I’m more than happy to be a part of Armchair BEA! BEA for those who don’t know is the largest book trade fair in North America. Publishers, industry experts, and authors along with book buyers, librarians, and bloggers also attend the event. It’s a great opportunity to showcase upcoming book titles, talk trends, and for some sell and buy international rights. BEA really is the event of the year for those in publishing. Armchair BEA coincides with BEA and those of us who cannot attend will be participating all week in various virtual events. To kickoff Armchair BEA, we have an introduction post! 🙂 Q. Please… Read more »

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May 26
Guest Post: Novel With a Mission by Tanya J Peterson

Guest Post: Novel With a Mission by Tanya J Peterson

I’m really honored to have Tanya J. Peterson guest blogging today! She’s talking about Leave of Absence and what inspired her to write a novel about mental illness. I reviewed it here and I really hope Tanya’s guest post inspires you to check out Leave of Absence and hopefully read it. Novel with a Mission Jessica, I’d like to express to you and your readers how very pleased I am with your review. My happiness, though, is perhaps for a different reason than what people might assume. Of course, we all create things (writing, paintings or drawings, elaborate meals or desserts, craft items, quilts, clothing, etc.), and as human beings, we do want others to like our stuff. I do, too, of course, but I do realize that there are… Read more »

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May 24
Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Taste of Romance

Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Taste of Romance

Darlene Panzera’s Taste of Romance is the third novella in the Cupcake Diaries series. The first two novellas, Sweet on You and Recipe for Love, are already available. If you’re looking for a delightful read then this is the book for you! Kim, Andi, and Rachel are back and business is going well for Creative Cupcakes. Andi decides to hire extra help and just as everything begins to fall into place, Creative Cupcakes suddenly has a thief on their hands and they begin to hunt for the Cupcake Bandit. On top of that, they have to find a way to raise funds to buy the building they are renting when their rental extension is denied. Kim is the dreamer of the group and she longs to travel, but since the… Read more »

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