Monthly Archives:: October 2013

Oct 21
Book Review: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal + Giveaway

Book Review: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal + Giveaway

It’s always a treat to settle down with a Charles Finch novel and An Old Betrayal doesn’t disappoint. An Old Betrayal is the seventh book in the Charles Lenox series and if you haven’t read the series, you can delve right in since most books can be read as a standalone. Finch isn’t one to drown the reader in a character’s back story and therefore I do recommend you start from the beginning with A Beautiful Blue Death, but it’s not necessary. Set in 1875, An Old Betrayal picks up a year after A Death in the Small Hours ends. Former gentleman detective turned Member of Parliament, Charles Lenox, finds himself busy in the House of Commons and as Junior Lord of the Treasury. When the opportunity arises to assist… Read more »

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Oct 19
One Liners: Veronica Roth’s Divergent

One Liners: Veronica Roth’s Divergent

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 Veronica Roth’s Divergent and… Read more »

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Oct 18
Film Friday: The Importance of Being Earnest

Film Friday: The Importance of Being Earnest

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. I just adore Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. I love the play more than the film and highly recommend seeing it on stage if you ever get a chance. Since Wilde’s birthday was earlier this week and the actors I adored in the stage version were not filmed, I opted for the 2002 film version. Two men in the same social circle both have an alter ego named Ernest, a comedy of mistaken identities soon erupts. Cecily: You must not laugh at me, darling, but it has always been a girlish dream of mine to love a man named… Read more »

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Oct 16
Blog Tour: Review-LL Collins’ Living Again + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-LL Collins’ Living Again + Giveaway

What would you do if you lost the love of your life? Many of us believe we wouldn’t be able to go on and for some, that’s true. What of those who continue to live? L.L. Collins’ Living Again is a poignant story about one woman’s journey to find the meaning of life after death. As for characterization, we have rich characters. We spend a good amount of time with Kayley and it makes sense since this is her journey. Kayley is a strong character and you will sympathize with her especially when it comes to Alex. We’re not given many scenes with Alex or spend a lot of time remembering him. I questioned why Collins didn’t give us more scenes with him, but in the end, I liked not… Read more »

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Oct 15
Minimalist Character Posters: LynDee Walker’s Nichelle Clarke Series

Minimalist Character Posters: LynDee Walker’s Nichelle Clarke Series

I use to make minimalist character posters at the ex-blog, but stopped making them when I left for a variety of different reasons. A friend inquired why I stopped and over the weekend some inspiration struck. These are for LynDee Walker’s Nichelle Clarke Headlines in Heels series and not every character is represented. Everyone interprets how to make these differently. I’ve taken items from both Front Page Fatality and Buried Leads to represent a character. For example, Les in Front Page Fatality conducts a focus group and since he’s obsessed with tracking subscriptions, I decided a chart fit perfectly.

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Oct 14
Cover Reveal: Tina Wainscott’s Wild Hearts and Wild On You

Cover Reveal: Tina Wainscott’s Wild Hearts and Wild On You

I have a double cover reveal for you today! You’ll notice two release dates. The first is for Wild Hearts which is the prequel to Wild On You. Are you ready to see them? * * * Title: Wild Hearts and Wild On You Author: Tina Wainscott Series: Justiss Alliance Publisher: Loveswept Publication date: January 07, 2014 and February 04, 2014 Genres: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: Introducing the Justiss Alliance, an elite team of heroes out to do right. WILD HEARTS is a prequel to the Justiss Alliance Series and introduces the five Navy SEALs who undertake the covert mission that trashes their careers–and the offer that changes their lives. In WILD ON YOU, one untamable SEAL meets a woman who handles the wildest sort of animals—until she herself becomes the… Read more »

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Oct 14
Blog Tour: Review-Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go + Giveaway

A lot can happen in the course of a year and Anna Bloom’s The Art of Letting Go shows us exactly what happens when a twenty-five year old decides to enroll at university for the first time and gives up the life she’s settled for. Narration is first person and Lilah is an engaging narrator. You’ll easily fall in love with her and want to be her friend. The Art of Letting Go is written in a form of a diary, but doesn’t read like one. Bloom has a talent for combining humor and sarcasm throughout the narrative. The Art of Letting Go is everything I’ve been wanting in a New Adult novel. Often times, New Adult authors get lost in the amount of required bedroom action and forget that… Read more »

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Oct 13
Cover Reveal: Sharon Cullen’s Pleasing the Pirate

Cover Reveal: Sharon Cullen’s Pleasing the Pirate

Historical romance fans-you’ll want to add this to your to be read list! I have a cover for the upcoming Sharon Cullen release and it’s beautiful! Are you ready to see it? * * * Title: Pleasing the Pirate Author: Sharon Cullen Publisher: Loveswept Publication date: February 25, 2014 Genres: Historical Romance Synopsis: Two hearts are wrenched between love and duty in Sharon Cullen’s tale of a ruthless pirate and the Scottish lass who fills him with desire for something greater than plunder. With her clan’s crops burned and their property confiscated, Mairi McFadden is desperate to free her brother from imprisonment so that he can take his rightful place as chief. Her only hope is the fierce English pirate Phin Lockwood, but the buccaneer laughs at her meager funds…. Read more »

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Oct 12
One Liners: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

One Liners: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

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 LynDee Walker’s Front Page… Read more »

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Oct 11
Penguin Book Truck Stop

Penguin Book Truck Stop

The Penguin Book Truck stopped in Albuquerque on Wednesday. It was passing through as part of the celebration of the 75 anniversary of the publication of The Grapes of Wrath. They were traveling with the The National Steinbeck Center and are recreating “the journey that The Grapes of Wrath‘s Joad family took along America’s Route 66 through Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona at the height of the Dust Bowl—toward California and their hopes of a better life.” I waited around on Wednesday to see what time they’d arrive at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and decided to run some errands before stopping for a visit. I got there around 1:30 pm and I tried to contain my excitement! There were a lot of people to see the special events… Read more »

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Oct 10
News: My Spanktacular Announcement by Mina Vaughn

News: My Spanktacular Announcement by Mina Vaughn

I’m excited to share Mina Vaughn’s announcement! Let’s break out the champagne and cheers Mina! Congratulations on your deal! My Spanktacular Announcement Hey everyone! I’ve been sitting on this news for a while now, just nerding out by myself, all stoked and wanting to share with you. Now I’m FINALLY able to give you the deliciously sordid details… …I have two new books coming out with Simon & Schuster! …and How to Discipline Your Vampire is now the first book in the Domme-nation series! Here’s the scoop: How to Reprimand Your Rock Star is an NA erotic romance about a women’s college basketball phenom who ropes in a mischievous rocker. You guys, Keaton Lowe of Trickster City is going to be your new favorite rocker hunk. He’s sexy, sweet and… Read more »

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Oct 10
Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me + Giveaway

Toni Aleo’s Let it be Me is different from her Assassins series. It’s dark and will leave you physically ill. You might be asking why a three rating. First of all, Aleo has written about an abused woman before. In Empty Net, Audrey leaves an abusive relationship, but unlike Let it be Me, the abuse in Empty Net for the most part takes place in the background. I believe something like less than 15% of the novel actually depicts it. It was difficult to read Let it be Me where the abuse does make up over 70% of the plot. Character development is weak. I believe it’s because Let it be Me is told via Violet’s perspective and we aren’t given much back-story to either Rob or herself. My heart… Read more »

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