Monthly Archives:: May 2013

May 23

Naughty Uniformed Blog Hop!

We’re excited to be part of the Naughty Uniformed Blog Hop and what better way to beat the hockey blues (because let’s face it the season is almost over) than to read Toni Aleo’s Taking Shots? Aleo’s novella, Falling for the Backup comes out June 24, 2013 and the next Assassins novel, Blue Lines will be released in August. One winner and the best part? It’s open international. Synopsis: No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she’s good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL’s Nashville Assassins. Before Elli… Read more »

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May 23
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Weddinspiration by Robin Bielman + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Weddinspiration by Robin Bielman + Giveaway

Woo-hoo, today’s our stop on the Kissing the Maid of Honor blog tour and I’m happy to be part of the bridal party. Located below is an awesome giveaway which I wish I could enter (boo!), but that’s okay. I really enjoyed Robin Bielman’s Kissing the Maid of Honor and reviewed it here. Please give a warm welcome to Robin! Hi Jessica! Thanks so much for having me on Literary Etc. It’s great to be here! Weddinspiration… I saw this word somewhere on the Internet recently, and I just loved it. It inspired me to talk about what is at the heart of all weddings—love. Yes, I’m in a total wedding state of mind right now. Not because I’m getting married. I married my high school sweetheart a long time… Read more »

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May 22
Blog Tour: Review-Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence

Blog Tour: Review-Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence

What is normal? That’s one of the questions Tanya J. Peterson has us asking while we read Leave of Absence. It’s an engaging, heartbreaking read and if you only read one book this year, it HAS to be Leave of Absence. You won’t regret it and you’ll see the world a little differently. Peterson has done a phenomenal job writing about a taboo subject. In a world filled with science and understanding, you’d think we’d be more open to talking about mental health, but we shy away from it. Oliver Graham lost his wife and son in a terrible accident and blames himself for their deaths. Wanting to numb the terrible pain he attempts to commit suicide, but when his attempt is thwarted he’s taken to Airheaven Behavioral Center. There… Read more »

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May 21
Book Review: Maya Cross’ Locked

Book Review: Maya Cross’ Locked

I kept seeing Maya Cross’ Locked at a few blogs and the cover kept catching my eye! Look at it-it’s gorgeous! I knew I had to read this as soon as possible and even though I always read a synopsis before purchase, I didn’t do it for Locked. Maya Cross has us asking, who is Sebastian Lock? Readers will be intrigued the moment he makes an appearance and no doubt you’ll find yourself a bit smitten. Sophia Pearce is enjoying a night out with friends when they notice a group of people entering the bar and heading straight towards the back. They pay no real attention until they recognize an actor with an entourage and suddenly Sophia has a plan to infiltrate the exclusive party and find out what is… Read more »

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May 21
Book Review: Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex

Book Review: Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex

I’m terrified to review Ania Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex because I feel my review can’t do justice to the beautiful story Szado wrote. I planned on reading Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince before Studio so I could get into the mindset and get reacquainted with the beloved children’s book; however, I read the first two few chapters and put it aside, deciding to delve into Studio Saint-Ex with only my memory of The Little Prince. Szado’s Studio Saint-Ex is a fictionalized biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s time in New York. It’s 1943 and Antoine is anxious to join the war effort. While he awaits the news of America’s involvement in the Second World War, he is reacquainted with his old English tutor, Mignonne Lachapelle. Mignonne is back in New York,… Read more »

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May 21

Bliss Kiss Off!

Robin Bielman and Jennifer Shrik are having a Bliss Kiss! Please join these two authors as they battle it out the only way two romance author’s can–with a Bliss Kiss Off! Each writer will have their own kissing scene posted on their site with an accompanying video. Cast your vote for a chance to win a $20 Amazon gift card. Their links are: Robin’s Blog | Jennifer’s Blog

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May 20
Spotlight: Dee DeTarsio’s All My Restless Life to Live

Spotlight: Dee DeTarsio’s All My Restless Life to Live

Any soap opera fans? If you’re one, you need to put Dee DeTarsio’s book on your TBR list! Title: All My Restless Life to Live Author: Dee DeTarsio Genre: Women’s Fiction Publication Date: June 04, 2013 Synopsis: Life is a soap opera, especially for Elle Miller, who writes for one. (Ellen dropped the “n” in her name in hopes of finding a better ending for herself.) When her laptop crashes, she borrows her recently deceased dad’s computer and gets way more than she bargained for. Elle unravels mysterious communications from his computer, while her mom decides to give Internet dating a try. As Elle tries to save her career at I’d Rather Be Loved with a storyline featuring a trip through Atlantis, she takes a trip to the Emmys, and… Read more »

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May 20
Blog Tour: Review-Panos Nomikos’ Fateful Eyes

Blog Tour: Review-Panos Nomikos’ Fateful Eyes

Panos Nomikos’s Fateful Eyes is about self discovery. Peter is going about his normal business and out of the blue receives a mysterious message. Someone wants to meet with him and he has no idea why. Through a series of flashbacks between 2005 and 2001, we learn Peter is looking for a woman who claims to be his daughter. As he attempts to uncover her identity, Peter goes through his own personal journey to find his place in the world. He’s experienced success, but he’s also had a series of setbacks. When someone claims to be his daughter, questions are raised if it could be true or if it’s someone trying to blackmail him. Unfortunately, Peter doesn’t believe the young lady and by the time he comes to grip with… Read more »

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May 20
Interview: Bee Ridgway + Giveaway

Interview: Bee Ridgway + Giveaway

I’m really excited to welcome Bee Rigway today to Literary, etc! Her book, The River of No Return is already available. If you’re a fan of historical fiction or time travel then this a MUST read for you. Walk…no make that run to your nearest book retailer and purchase it. I can’t stress enough how much I LOVED this book. I reviewed it here. Giveaway details are located at the end of the interview along with a synopsis of The River of No Return. It’s open international as long as The Book Depository ships to where you live (check here), you’re 18 or older and void where prohibited by law. Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Bee Ridgway other than the standard bio on your website. I consider myself… Read more »

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May 19
The Round Table: Limited Edition Ebooks, Next Big Trend?

The Round Table: Limited Edition Ebooks, Next Big Trend?

I originally titled this as: An Open Letter to (insert author’s name), but in the end decided it wasn’t an open letter to her. I wasn’t going to mention anything or touch upon the whole pull from publishing, but I was annoyed this weekend with Michelle Leighton’s announcement. I haven’t read Until I Break, BUT I do trust what bloggers and reviewers have to say. At times I question the whole feedback process an author receives from beta readers and trusted bloggers. I’m not saying that 100% of the feedback isn’t constructive because I know it is. What I do question, if a lot of readers are writing to tell you that x / y wouldn’t happen in real life, then you have to take a good look at what… Read more »

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May 17
Guest Post: All-Nighters by Gretchen Archer + Giveaway

Guest Post: All-Nighters by Gretchen Archer + Giveaway

Today we have a very special guest post from Gretchen Archer! Gretchen’s book Double Whammy is currently available in paperback and e-book format. I haven’t had the chance to read it, but I did purchase a copy and can’t wait to get lost in it later this upcoming weekend. We also have a giveaway, more information located below her post. All-Nighters My work in the publishing industry began at a very early age. Five or so. My first job was End User. Decades, and much reading, would pass before I crossed to the dark side to write, and while I love what I do, which includes a ton of work-related reading, I miss reading for pleasure. My bookshelves are a testament to my favorite genre. I have complete and beloved… Read more »

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May 16
Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Recipe for Love

Book Review: Darlene Panzera’s Recipe for Love

Darlene Panzera’s Recipe for Love is the second novella in the Cupcake Diaries series. The first novella, Sweet on You is available, and the third, Taste of Romance, will be released next week. If you’re looking for a quick light read then this is the book for you! Recipe for Love picks up a few months from where Sweet on You left off. Creative Cupcakes is still in business, but the ladies are looking for ways to drum up more business. Rachel has taken on the job to be their social media guru and it’s up to her to expand avenues of income opportunities. Rachel has an important reason for wanting to make Creative Cupcakes more profitable. Her grandfather is ill, her mother is working several jobs, and Rachel can… Read more »

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