Monthly Archives:: June 2013

Jun 30

Summer Lovin’ Day 1: Class Orientation

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Woo-hoo! It’s here! The start of Summer Lovin’ and since it’s the first day, here are my goals including the books I plan to read. Although really looking at my TBR pile, I might tackle a different sent of books. So hi from Albuquerque, New Mexico! Where I’ve been doing the daily rain dance because we’re under a heat wave and need the rain. Since I hate dancing looks like I’m doing something wrong because there’s no rain. Nothing exciting ever happens in the city, but Johnny Depp is in town filming! I have yet to find him to kidnap him. 😉 I read a variety of genres mostly… Read more »

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Jun 30

Cover Madness Giveaway – International

Cover Madness Giveaway Hop is hosted by Alluring Reads and Xpresso Reads. I’m a sucker for books and their beautiful covers! I’m happy to be part of the Cover Madness blog hop! I present you with 18 books that are up for up grabs and one lucky winner will win ONE (their choice from the list). I’ve chosen books that should appeal to everyone and in different genres too! Chelsea Cain’s Let Me Go (publication: August 13th) Chris Bohjalian’s The Light in the Ruins (publication: July 9th) Darynda Jones’ Fifth Grave Past the Light (publication: July 9th)* can be signed since she’ll be in my area Megan Shepherd’s Her Dark Curiosity (publication: January 2014) Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl (publication: September 10th) Tracey Gravis Graves’ Covet (publication: September 17th) Rosamund Hodge’s Cruel… Read more »

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Jun 29
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ Impossible

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ Impossible

Veronica Russo vows never to love again and instead turns her energy to being a storm chaser. Three years ago she walked away from her life after losing everything that mattered and never looked back. Stopping for a quick bite to eat turns her world upside down when she looks into the mismatched eyes of Coleman Cade. He makes her weak in the knees and suddenly dormant feelings begin to resurface. Cade is happy to finally meet the woman who made an impression on his son, but he wasn’t expecting the feisty Veronica. When she helps extricate him from an unwanted situation, he realizes she’s a gem and he sets out to win her over. Will Veronica put her past to rest or will she walk away from another chance… Read more »

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Jun 26
Interview: Lauren Willig + Giveaway

Interview: Lauren Willig + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on The Ashford Affair blog tour and I’m honored to welcome Lauren Willig to Literary, etc! I’m a big fan of her Pink Carnation series and when Eloise Kelly talks about her PhD dissertation title in The Secret History of the Pink Carnation and says, “I doubt “Why I Love Men in Black Masks” would have made it past my dissertation committee,” I was sold on the series right then and there! Anyone who knows me, knows I love my masked men! The Asford Affair is her current release and it’s already available. If you’re a fan of historical fiction then you’re in for a real treat since Willig does a great job incorporating aspects of the past with a beautiful narrative. I can’t stress enough how… Read more »

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Jun 26
Spotlight: Toni Aleo’s Falling for the Backup + Giveaway

Spotlight: Toni Aleo’s Falling for the Backup + Giveaway

I’m really enjoying Toni Aleo’s hockey series and this is the latest. It’s a novella. Title: Falling for the Backup Author: Toni Aleo Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 24, 2013 Synopsis: After serving as a dutiful bridesmaid in the wedding from hell, Aynslee Shaw just wants to slink home to Nashville and forget the whole trip. That is, until the hottest guy she’s ever seen is seated next to her on the flight and dazzles her with his easy laugh and killer smile. But just when she thinks things are getting good, he vanishes, leaving Aynslee wondering, was that guy the one? And did she just let him slip through her fingers? Former superstar goalie Jordan Ryan is back on the ice—finally. After a crippling knee injury that had… Read more »

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Jun 25
Blog Tour: Review-Heather London’s Fall From Love + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Heather London’s Fall From Love + Giveaway

What would you do if you lost the love of your life on the night of your anniversary? For Holly Treadwell life hasn’t been easy and she’s closed herself off from friends especially those who knew Adam. When she returns to university, she has one purpose: to finish the semester. Her roommate, Jenna, keeps trying to push Holly to move on with her life. Deciding to humor her friend, Holly agrees to a night out. All is good until Carter Hansen tries to contact Holly and she shuts him down. She doesn’t want to talk to him, but Carter only wants to know how she’s doing. He realizes she’s still grieving and Carter blames himself for Adam’s death. Circumstances keep bringing them together and slowly a friendship develops. Will Holly… Read more »

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Jun 24
2013 Top Ten Reads (so far)

2013 Top Ten Reads (so far)

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: top ten books of 2013. This is difficult, but here are some of my favorites. 01. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: Looking for a mindfuck? This is your book. 02. Front Page Fatality by LynDee Walker: Cozy mystery fans delight! The writing is engaging and witty, “But that’s the thing about dead people: they can’t warn you to keep your nose out of things that are going to put your ass in danger.” 03. Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson: Peterson writes a beautiful book about a taboo subject: mental health. You’ll look at the world a little differently. 04. Shaken Not Stirred by Aaron Cooley’: Fans of Ian Fleming will enjoy this. It’s a fictionalized account on… Read more »

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Jun 24

Summer Lovin’ Read-a-thon

(Organized and hosted by Oh, Chrys!, Tumbling Books, Effortlessly Reading, Love Life Read, Shelf Addiction, Read Sleep Repeat, and Reviewing Wonderland) Hoping to make a dent in my fun TRP pile, I decided to sign up for the week long event. The books are left up to me to decide (still thinking about them) and they’ll host daily challenges with a chance to win some awesome prizes. Sign-ups will be open until July 6th. Hope to see some of you participate!

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Jun 21
Interview: LynDee Walker

Interview: LynDee Walker

Yay! I’m really excited to have LynDee here at Lit, etc today! I adored her debut novel, Front Page Fatality and it really is a fun read. You can read my review here. If you’re interested in reading Front Page Fatality, it’s currently 99 cents along with the rest of the Henery Press titles. If you’re a fan of cozy mysteries, I highly recommended checking what Henery Press is offering. Feel free to click the banner above to take to the Henery Press site and browse through the catalog. > Q. Tell me something about LynDee Walker other than the standard bio on your website. I’m a big Disney geek. My hubby and I take our little monkeys to Walt Disney World every other year, and I spend a good… Read more »

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Jun 20
Feature Follow #11: Favorite Literary Quote

Feature Follow #11: Favorite Literary Quote

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: Share your favorite literary quote! I have so many, but this one by Charles Finch from A Stranger in Mayfair sticks because it’s so true! We cannot recapture the feelings of reading a beloved book or a series for the first time, but we can appreciate the friendships made by them! What’s your favorite quote?

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Jun 18
Book Review: Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks

Book Review: Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks

Hope Jones wishes she could start the day over again. Not only has her car broken down, but her job is in jeopardy. As a photographer of romance novel covers, she loves her job and she’s one of the best in the business. When the publisher she works with orders new book cover mock-ups because the bestselling author they want to retain has threated to sign elsewhere, Hope realizes she needs to take new photographs, but she’s under a time constraint. Heading into the local Wal-Mart for painkillers, she comes across a few men who are model potential, but it’s the mechanic at a local repair shop that steals her breath. Jake is attracted to Hope on sight and he sets out to woo her. There’s one slight problem, Hope… Read more »

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Jun 17
My Summer TBR List

My Summer TBR List

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: books on our summer to be read list. I’m hoping to get through a few books I’ve had for a few weeks. 01. Night Film by Marisha Pessl: I actually started this and am really enjoying the multimedia addition and lets the reader think they are looking at real media clips. 02. Questions of Travel by: Michelle de Kretser 03. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer 04. The First Rule of Swimming by Courtney Angela Brkic: I’ve been sitting on this for a few days. Beginning was interesting and engaging, but soon lost steam. Hoping to finish this soon. 05. The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver: I started this over the weekend and it is slow… Read more »

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