Monthly Archives:: June 2013

Jun 06
Blog Tour: Review-Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go

Blog Tour: Review-Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go

Lucy A. Kelly’s Holding On and Letting Go is a poignant tale about love, loss, and growing up. Two years after the death of brother, Emerson Caulfield returns home. There’s one person excited to see her, her childhood friend, Matt, but he quickly realizes that the Emerson he knew isn’t the girl standing before him. Emerson’s happy to cut ties with everyone who knew Peter and that means acting indifferent towards Matt. When Matt’s ex-girlfriend sets out to ruin Emerson’s reputation by spreading a nasty rumor, Matt steps up to the plate and he quickly realizes he’s never stopped loving Emerson. Will Emerson and Matt be able to put the past aside and rekindle their friendship or will they go their separate ways? Holding On and Letting Go is told… Read more »

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Jun 05
Spotlight: Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks

Spotlight: Alice Bello’s Hope Breaks

Hope Breaks is the first novella in a trilogy. This sounds like it will be a really funny read. Title: Hope Breaks Author: Alice Bello Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: June 24, 2013 Synopsis: Hope Jones has two problems: one is new, the other is depressingly old. The new problem: the bestselling author the publisher she shoots romance novel covers for hates her newest batch of covers. She has until the end of the week to come up with a breathtaking shot or she’ll be replaced.And there’s a sudden model shortage; they’re out of season. The old, depressing problem: she hasn’t had a date, sex or a relationship in over two years. She also has one hell of a headache. Hope finds the cures for her two problems during a… Read more »

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Jun 05
Book Review: Mary Balogh’s The Proposal

Book Review: Mary Balogh’s The Proposal

It’s been a little over thirteen years since we last saw Gwendoline, Lady Muir in a book. She first makes an appearance in One Night for Love as the Earl of Kilbourne’s, widowed sister who offers support to her cousin Lauren when she’s left at the altar. The Gwen we see in The Proposal is different from the Gwen we meet in One Night for Love. Gone is the haughty girl who looks down on the lower class. I found it a bit hard to believe she would change her ways because I still see her as the Gwen from One Night for Love, but I remind myself it’s been thirteen years and people do change. Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, wasn’t born an English gentleman. He was awarded his title… Read more »

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Jun 04
Southwest Book Fiesta Recap

Southwest Book Fiesta Recap

(LERA panel) On Saturday, May 11th I made my way down to the Convention Center for the first ever book festival in Albuquerque. I planned on attending Friday morning to see Robin Pernini’s panel, but unfortunately, I forgot I had a meeting I couldn’t reschedule. Saturday was a busy day with lots of author panels. The first was a discussion with Darynda Jones and I didn’t know what to expect. I know Traci from Mad Hatter Reads mentioned that Darynda was very nice. Before her panel, I had some time to kill and browsed one section where one author kept trying to sell me his books by asking me questions. So he’d say, “Do you know why we get the rule of thumb? No? It’s in the book.” Every response… Read more »

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Jun 03
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Falling for the Backup + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Falling for the Backup + Giveaway

Falling For the Backup is a novella in Toni Aleo’s Assassins series. A few characters from her earlier books make an appearance or are mentioned, but if you’ve never read the books, don’t fret because Falling for the Backup easily stands alone. If you’re worried about spoilers for the other books in the series, you have nothing to worry about. Aynslee Shaw has had a terrible day and she can’t wait to go home. To make matters worse her suitcase is stolen and she’s stuck wearing a dreadful bridesmaid dress. Jordan Ryan is having a difficult day and the only thing on his mind is his hockey career. When he spots Aynslee he’s intrigued, but he quickly realizes she’s the type of girl that deserves it all and he can’t… Read more »

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Jun 02

Armchair BEA: Wrap Up!

After a whirlwind week, Armchair BEA wraps up! I’ve had a blast getting to know other bloggers and of course visiting them! I have a bunch of comments to respond to and will hopefully get to those later in the day. Genre Features: Oh man! I loved seeing everyone’s recommendations. I particularly enjoyed genre fiction as well as non-fiction. The classics discussion were nice because I got to say hello to a few old friends I’d forgotten about and of course say hello a few I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t yet. Blogger Development & Ethics: I loved these discussions and everyone’s input. A common theme was plagiarism and not to do it! There was a lot of discussion regarding negative reviews and how to handle them. Plus there… Read more »

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Jun 01

Armchair BEA: Day 5-Keeping It Real, Fresh, and Fun

Today’s topic is all about keeping our blog fresh with new ideas and how some of us prevent burnout. With so many blogs reviewing the same books or interviewing the same authors, I like to do a things a little differently. For author interviews, I like to read an author’s book and ask questions about the plot, characters, etc. You’ll also see a lightning round at the end-the number of questions asked, 7 plays homage to the ex-blog I was part of and it’s my way of honoring them even if they refuse to acknowledge me. Lightning round questions are just short this or that questions such as, cake or pie. As for reviews, I probably analyze a book more than your average reader. I have a formula of sorts…. Read more »

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Jun 01

Armchair BEA: Day 5-Children’s Literature & YA

My parents and family members have wondered for years where I get the reading genre from. I don’t come from a family of readers on both sides and I’m the only one that has a book with her all the time. I’m blessed that my parents nurtured my love despite driving them crazy with constant trips to the library. My parents were teenagers when they had me (they were married at 16/17 and I came a little over a year of their marriage. They are still married!) and there wasn’t much money. I use to spend evenings in the library at the University of El Paso while my dad met with his study groups. I remember, a few students in his group complaining because they had to study in an… Read more »

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