Monthly Archives:: September 2013

Sep 30
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle

Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle is the second book in her Love in the Balance series. If you read Can’t Let Go, the companion novella (that’s how I refer it) to Tempting the Billionaire, then you know what happens between Sadie and Aiden. If you haven’t read it or Tempting, never fear-Lemmon provides enough background information and you won’t feel lost. It’s not necessary to read these prior to Hard to Handle, but you’ll have a better understanding of the events and situations if you do. Hard to Handle picks up a year after Tempting the Billionaire ends. Crickitt and Shane are now married and Aiden is back in town for the wedding. At first, both Aiden and Sadie put on fake smiles for the sake of their friends wedding,… Read more »

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Sep 30
Interview: Daniel Kalla + Giveaway

Interview: Daniel Kalla + Giveaway

I’m really excited to welcome Daniel Kalla today to Literary, etc! His book, Rising Sun, Falling Shadow is already available. If you’re a fan of historical fiction or the Second World War 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 enjoyed this book. I reviewed it here. Giveaway details are located at the end of the interview along with a synopsis of Rising Sun, Falling Shadow (US/CAN only). Q. Tell me something about Daniel Kalla other than the standard bio on your website. I have never lived in a house without a dog. Our current pet is Lola, an adorable six-year-old black lab who can charm you with a glance and will… Read more »

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Sep 27
Excerpt: Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely

Excerpt: Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely

New Adult fans! You’ll want to add Lauren Layne’s Isn’t She Lovely to your TBR list! It sounds like a fun read and I have an excerpt to share! Synopsis: The rules are clear—until they’re broken. Lauren Layne puts a New Adult spin on Pygmalion, also the inspiration for Pretty Woman, and gives the classic love story its edgiest twist yet. “Who knew that pretending you’re not falling for someone would be so much more difficult than pretending that you are?” Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she’s pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn’t exactly Ethan Price’s type, either. He’s… Read more »

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Sep 27
Book Review: Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire + Giveaway

Book Review: Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire + Giveaway

When I first read the synopsis for Mina Vaughn’s How to Discipline Your Vampire, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it because it sounded like a really fun read. While Vaughn does deliver on humor, the romance aspect between Cerise and William was a bit underdeveloped. Cerise Norrell is a substitute school teacher by day and a Domme by night. Unable to find a sub worthy of her and her expectations, she offers trial periods to potential candidates. No one seems to interest her or able to meet her demands, but then out of nowhere William Gentry appears and he’s ready to submit. Together Cerise and William embark on a test period to see if they’ll be a match. William surprises Cerise by meeting her demands and oftentimes… Read more »

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Sep 26
Book Review: Daniel Kalla’s Rising Sun, Falling Shadow

Book Review: Daniel Kalla’s Rising Sun, Falling Shadow

Daniel Kalla’s Rising Sun, Falling Shadow is the highly anticipated sequel to The Far Side of the Sky. If you’re worried about spoilers, you won’t find any major ones preventing you from enjoying Rising Sun. Kalla provides enough back-story and allows a reader to delve right in without being lost. The year is 1943 and bowing to Nazi pressure, the Japanese force thousands of Jewish refugees in Shanghai to relocate. Newlyweds Franz and Sunny Adler endure the move to the ghetto and continue to operate the only hospital for Jewish refugees amid difficult conditions. While Franz is willing to make the best of the situation, Sunny wants revenge for the death of her father. She joins a resistance group, believing in their cause while Franz’s daughter, Hannah is lured into… Read more »

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Sep 26
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Ideas and Inspiration by AJ Warner + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Ideas and Inspiration by AJ Warner + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on Love Interrupted blog tour! A.J is talking about ideas and inspiration. You can also read an excerpt here. The giveaway is located at the bottom (good luck!). Ideas & Inspiration I would love to be able to say that all of my inspiration and ideas come from my own creative thought process. But then I would be lying. In truth, everything around me inspires me in some aspect. Whether it is a tree with absolutely no life left in it or a kid on the playground, running the show, I see a story unfolding in every situation. The easy thing would be to say that hearts, flowers and love inspire me. But love alone doesn’t really speak to me. For me, all the background substance truly… Read more »

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Sep 26
Excerpt: A.J. Warner’s Love Interrupted

Excerpt: A.J. Warner’s Love Interrupted

I’ve been given an exclusive excerpt of A.J. Warner’s Love Interrupted! Enjoy! Synopsis: Logan Brooks and Andrew Eastin shared a once in a lifetime love. After losing her parents and overcoming many obstacles, she could not handle the possibility of losing him, too. She loved him enough to walk away, for both of their sakes. As tragedy strikes again, Logan is on a downward spiral. Andrew knows she needs protection from herself, and he needs to love her through it, even if only from a distance. When fate intervenes and allows them a second chance at love, will Logan and Andrew risk it? The Attraction is undeniable. The sexual tension, relentless. She is everything he has ever wanted. He sweeps her off her feet, renewing all that was lost. Andrew… Read more »

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Sep 25
Spotlight: Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle + Excerpt

Spotlight: Jessica Lemmon’s Hard to Handle + Excerpt

I’m so excited to share an excerpt from Jessica Lemmon’s upcoming release: Hard to Handle! I just finished reading this one in ONE sitting on Monday and really enjoyed it. There’s also a novella, Can’t Let Go, which goes into a little more detail about Sadie and Aiden’s relationship. Hard to Handle picks up a year after Can’t Let Go takes place. Title: Hard to Handle Author: Jessica Lemmon Genre: Contemporary Romance Publication Date: October 01, 2013 Publisher: Forever Synopsis: ONCE BURNED Sadie Howard never dates a guy more than once-but Fate has other plans for her when it comes to Aiden Downey, the one that got away. Aiden loved her, left her, and broke her heart. Yet suddenly she’s bumping into him at every turn, driven to distraction by… Read more »

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Sep 24
Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far + Giveaway

I know a few readers will be turned off when they read the synopsis about Lexie sleeping with her stepbrother. Most will view it as a taboo subject, but in reality it does happen. I knew a girl in high school who fell in love with hers although they didn’t grow up together. When I read the synopsis for Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Far, I was intrigued. When the opportunity came to review it for a blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance. Narration is first person via Lexie and we get to experience Rome through her. She’s a good narrator and I often felt as if I were in Rome with her experiencing the food, sights, and smells. If you’ve visited Rome, you’ll easy fall into place… Read more »

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Sep 23
Cover Reveal: Tessa Teevan’s Ignite + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Tessa Teevan’s Ignite + Excerpt

When I first heard of Tessa’s work in progress, I was curious. Then I read the synopsis and I wanted to read ASAP! I’m hoping a few of you might be interested too. Today, I have a cover reveal for Ignite and there’s a giveaway at the bottom of the post! Are you ready to see it? * * * (designed by Wicked By Design) Title: Ignite Author: Tessa Teevan Anticipated Publication date: November 04, 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: After nearly a year and a half of grieving the loss of her husband, twenty-seven year old Alexa Sullivan Tate is headed back to her hometown after a decade of being away. She has no idea her high school crush, Jace McAllister, the guy who stole her heart the same… Read more »

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Sep 21
One Liners: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park

One Liners: Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park

One Liners is a weekly feature where we look at a novel’s first line as if it were a pick up line. We’ve all heard the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first line in a book is equally important as the last since it sets the tone and often will either make an impression or not. Let’s face it, it’s a little like dating. Will that guy with the cheesy pick up line score a number or not? So, I began to think…if the first line in a book was a pick up line, would you give it your number, agree to a date, let it buy you a drink, or do you walk away? Today’s book is Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor &… Read more »

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Sep 21
Blog Tour: Review-Christina Lee’s All of You + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Christina Lee’s All of You + Giveaway

When I first heard of Christina Lee’s All of You, I wasn’t sure what to think. Even after I read the synopsis, I wasn’t feeling the love or the urge to really read it. Virgin heroes in the past haven’t wowed me. Lee’s All of You came highly recommended by a friend and I decided to give it a try. If Avery Michaels had a personal motto, it would probably be: love ‘em and leave ‘em. Growing up with a mother who didn’t have the best relationships with men, Avery quickly learns to avoid the trouble relationships entail. Instead, she’s satisfied with having a friend with benefits and the occasional one night stand. The night she first spots Bennett, he’s all she wants, but he ignores her. She puts the… Read more »

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