Monthly Archives:: July 2013

Jul 16
Blog Tour: Review-John Daly’s From a Dead Sleep

Blog Tour: Review-John Daly’s From a Dead Sleep

Every small town has their black sheep and for Winston, Colorado, that’s Sean Coleman. He’s also a bully and spends his time drinking the night away. Sean use to dream of career in law enforcement and resents the fact he’s a plain old security officer. After a heavy night of drinking he finds himself near the river and notices a man on the bridge. He realizes the stranger is attempting to commit suicide and as he proceeds to stop the man he finds himself slowed down due to the terrain and his own personal health. Arriving too late he does the next best thing and that’s to notify the authorities, unfortunately no one believes him. Sean has a history of reporting suspicious behavior that turns out to have a reasonable… Read more »

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Jul 15
Book Review: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

Book Review: Marisha Pessl’s Night Film

Without a doubt Marisha Pessl’s Night Film is probably going down as my favorite read of the year. It is also the most difficult book I have yet to review. There’s so much I want to discuss and analyze, but I can’t without giving spoilers and I feel that no review can live up to how amazing Night Film is. Scott McGrath, a former investigative journalist, is surprised to hear of Ashley Cordova’s death. Ashley was a young and brilliant pianist whose father is Stanislas Cordova, a notorious filmmaker. Cordova has always been a shadowy figure and goes at great lengths to hide what he looks like. Only one known photograph exists and that’s in a 1977 issue of Rolling Stone. Scott has plenty of reasons to dislike Cordova; after… Read more »

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Jul 13
Darynda Jones Southwest Book Fiesta & Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

Darynda Jones Southwest Book Fiesta & Book Signing Wrap Up + Giveaway

I meant to post this wrap up of meeting Darynda Jones this past May in June but things were a bit hectic. I then decided since I was attending her reading of Fifth Grave Past the Light, I would wait to post the wrap up. I’m going to combine both events into one post. There’s a signed copy of Fifth Grave with swag up for grabs (sorry guys US / Canada only because of shipping). Southwest Book Fiesta wrap up can be found here. • Picked Albuquerque for the setting of her Charley Davidson because it’s an urban setting and she lived in the city for 7 years.  Plus it’s part of the whole write what you know advice. • Her Darklight trilogy ends in October when the third book… Read more »

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Jul 12
Film Friday: Tiger Eyes

Film Friday: Tiger Eyes

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. Film Friday is back! We took a mini hiatus due to a few blog tours being scheduled on a Friday and I didn’t want to overwhelm you with content. For today’s feature I decided to showcase Tiger Eyes, which is based on the 1981 Judy Blume novel. I’ve spoken to a few people who weren’t aware of the film and I haven’t seen it yet so I can’t comment on how it compares to the book. Blume’s son directed it and therefore she was on the set so that probably helps with the overall vision of the film. Blume was interviewed… Read more »

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Jul 11
Book Review: Elizabeth L. Silver’s The Execution of Noa P Singleton

Book Review: Elizabeth L. Silver’s The Execution of Noa P Singleton

Regardless of which side you’re on concerning the issue of the death penalty, Elizabeth L. Silver’s The Execution of Noa P. Singleton is a thought provoking debut. Six months before her execution, Noa P Singleton receives an unexpected visit. The mother of her victim, Marlene Dixon, informs her she’s had a change of heart and doesn’t believe in capital punishment. Working with her associate, Oliver Stansted, she creates an organization, MAD (Mothers Against Death), but Noa doesn’t want anything to do with Marlene or her organization. Oliver works tirelessly on Noa’s behalf, but Noa doesn’t talk. As the countdown begins to her execution, we’re left with questions regarding Noa’s version of events. Will Noa be granted clemency or will she be tied to her fate? Narrative is first person and… Read more »

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Jul 10
Cover Reveal: Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Excerpt

What does Jennifer L. Armentrout have to say about Lisa Desrochers’s A Little Too Far?  “More than a ridiculously sexy, HOT read, Desrochers takes you on a wild ride of self-discovery and bittersweet romance.”—Jennifer L. Armentrout (J. Lynn), New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You. Wait till you read the synopsis! This is one book you’ll want to read and ah I NEED it NOW! Before we get to the synopsis, we have a cover reveal! There’s also a giveaway, open international. Excited to see the cover? Here it is! Ready? * * *

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Jul 10
Guest Post: The Appeal Of The Virgin Heroine by Cynthia Sax + Giveaway

Guest Post: The Appeal Of The Virgin Heroine by Cynthia Sax + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on The Seen Trilogy blog tour! Today Cynthia is talking about virgin heroines and their appeal. I reviewed the trilogy separately, but here’s the direct link to all three reviews. I liked the series and hopefully you’ll be inclined to check series or at least weigh in regarding virgins. Also the giveaway is located at the bottom (good luck!). The Appeal Of The Virgin Heroine Anna, the heroine of He Watches Me, is a virgin. Virgin heroines are unusual in contemporary erotic romances but then, Anna is an unusual young woman. Due to her past, she doesn’t trust easily. She certainly doesn’t trust a man enough to let him inside her. She kisses with her mouth closed and her eyes open. She deliberately doesn’t put herself in… Read more »

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Jul 10
Blog Tour: Review-Cynthia Sax’s He Claims Me

Blog Tour: Review-Cynthia Sax’s He Claims Me

Cynthia Sax’s He Claims Me is the final installment in The Seen Trilogy and while some questions remain unanswered, it’s a satisfying conclusion to this voyeuristic erotic trilogy. He Claims Me picks up right where He Touches Me left off. This time Anna is in trouble and in many ways, Sax was giving us a sign that something wasn’t right. In the first two novellas, we see a moth and Anna often compares herself to one; always floating and drifting. The morning following her first sexual experience with Gabriel she finds a moth hurt. At first I didn’t pay attention to it until everything Anna has worked for begins to fall apart. In He Touches Me, Michael eagerly assists Anna in trying to land an in-house meeting, but by accepting… Read more »

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Jul 10
Blog Tour: Review-Cynthia Sax’s He Touches Me

Blog Tour: Review-Cynthia Sax’s He Touches Me

Cynthia Sax’s He Touches Me picks up where He Watches Me left off and it’s the second novella in The Seen trilogy. In He Touches Me, we get to know Anna and Gabriel a little more. I failed to mention that narration in He Watches Me is first person via Anna and it continues throughout the series. I like Anna and her perspective. Anna comes to grip with the reality that she likes to be watched and I feel that a series in her narrative adds to the voyeurism aspect that she enjoys very much. Character development continues and it’s interesting to see both Anna and Gabriel establish a relationship. Their night time swimming ritual Anna established with Gabriel, still continues but this time there’s a bit of action on… Read more »

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Jul 10
Blog Tour: Review-Cynthia Sax’s He Watches Me

Blog Tour: Review-Cynthia Sax’s He Watches Me

Cynthia Sax’s He Watches Me is the first novella in The Seen trilogy and centers around voyeurism, but not in a creepy way since consent is given. Anna Sampson is new to Los Angeles and takes a job as a charity fundraiser. She currently house-sits for a wealthy couple in Beverly Hills and uses the free room and board to save her money. Knowing utilities can be expensive she doesn’t run the air conditioner and to complicate matters, the Leigh’s have given her a list of rooms she’s allowed to use. The use of the pool isn’t on the list and one night decides to be reckless and use a neighbor’s pool to cool off. What she doesn’t realize is that neighbor has been watching her from his security cameras…. Read more »

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Jul 09
Book Review: Stephanie Evanovich’s Big Girl Panties

Book Review: Stephanie Evanovich’s Big Girl Panties

If Stephanie Evanovich’s name sounds familiar it is because she’s the niece of Janet Evanovich. I wanted to love Big Girl Panties based on the synopsis, but it just fell flat. Logan has a habit of calling his female clients swans. Meaning he transforms them from ugly ducklings to beautiful swans and he’s quite confident in his ability. While I respect he’s a personal trainer and one to the rich and famous, he comes off as shallow and immature. Holly, on the other hand, is still grieving for her husband. She admits to self esteem issues and at times while I could relate to her, there were times I couldn’t stand her. Her constant comparison of her life versus her childhood friend’s life was annoying especially for a woman who… Read more »

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Jul 08
10 Best Book to Film Adaptations

10 Best Book to Film Adaptations

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: top ten movie adaptations. I decided to focus on my favorite films rather than those that sucked. Doctor Zhivago (1965): There’s a reason why Omar Sharif won a Golden Globe for best actor. His emotions especially at the end when he spots Laura and then he has ____ (not spoiling it) = heartache. It also has a beautiful score (Laura’s Theme is one of the most famous). All Quiet on the Western Front (1930): I LOVE this book, but nothing quite conveys emotions like this version. The Godfather: A role Marlon Brando was born for. The Age of Innocence: Edith Wharton’s novel at its best. The English Patient: One of my favorite Ralph Fiennes roles filled with lots of… Read more »

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