Monthly Archives:: October 2013

Oct 09
Cover Reveal: Nicole R Taylor’s What Remains

Cover Reveal: Nicole R Taylor’s What Remains

Any post-Apocalyptic fans? This one sounds like a great read, but first we have a cover reveal! It’s a lovely cover! Ready? * * * Title: What Remains Author: Nicole R. Taylor Publication date: October 15th 2013 Genre: Adult/ Post-Apocalyptic Synopsis: I’d never known true darkness until the lights went out. I had never known what it was to be hungry. Everyone I ever knew was dead. If they weren’t, then they wished they were. I know I did. Prue Ashford has been surviving alone in the Australian bush for the last three years. After an unknown virus wiped out most of the human population, she escaped the chaos and hid. Every town and city was locked down into quarantine, but that only led to the inevitable. Death. Living off… Read more »

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Oct 09
Book Review: Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract

Book Review: Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract

Larissa Reinhart’s Hijack in Abstract is the third book in her Cherry Tucker series. If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, it is possible to delve right in; however, Reinhart addresses a few situations that occurred in previous books. If you don’t mind a few spoilers and backtracking, then proceed. Reinhart does a great job explaining relationships and situations without overwhelming new and established readers. When Cherry Tucker draws a composite sketch of a hijacker, she has no idea the secrets she’s about to uncover. She wants to assist in the investigation, but her involvement is put on hold when a local nemesis goes out of her way to besmirch Cherry’s reputation by labeling her art as perversion. Seeking assistance from a local Russian art collector,… Read more »

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Oct 08
Blog Tour: Review-Sandra Sookoo’s Marriage Minded Lord + Giveaway!

Blog Tour: Review-Sandra Sookoo’s Marriage Minded Lord + Giveaway!

We’ve all heard the proverb, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” Sandra Sookoo proves that in Marriage Minded Lord. Felix Darrington, Earl of Swandon can’t stop thinking about Lady Olivia’s French companion, Clarice, who happens to have a talent for cooking. Clarice dreams of a man who could love her and when Felix shows interest she’s quick to explain she’s not looking to become his mistress. While most men would walk away, Felix is willing to take the time to show her he wants her as his wife. They can’t deny the attraction, but when Lady Olivia notices the attention Felix is bestowing on her companion she quickly works to tear them apart. Character development is a bit weak. I really liked Felix. He’s just come… Read more »

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Oct 07
Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Book Review: Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies

Ella Grace’s Midnight Lies is the second book in her Wildefire series. It’s not necessary to read the first, Midnight Secrets in order to enjoy Midnight Lies. Grace does touch upon a few events that occurred in Secrets, but I don’t see them as spoilers. Samantha Wilde and Quinn Braddock can’t keep their hands off each other and sparks flew the moment they made eye contact. For Samantha the relationship with the ER doctor works just fine because she often works odd hours due to her job as a police officer. Quinn can’t believe he’s found a woman worthy and one that makes him believe in love. Quinn receives a call from his ex-wife and he loathes her calls, but when she mentions she’s willing to give him an item… Read more »

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Oct 07
Spotlight: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal

Spotlight: Charles Finch’s An Old Betrayal

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of Charles Finch’s Lenox series. The next in the series is to be released in November and if you’re a mystery fan, I recommend this series. Title: An Old Betrayal Author: Charles Finch Series: Charles Lenox #7 Genre: Mystery Publication Date: November 12, 2013 Publisher: Minotaur Books Synopsis: On a spring morning in London, 1875, Charles Lenox agrees to take time away from his busy schedule as a Member of Parliament to meet an old protégé’s client at Charing Cross. But when their cryptic encounter seems to lead, days later, to the murder of an innocuous country squire, this fast favor draws Lenox inexorably back into his old profession. Soon he realizes that, far from concluding the murderer’s business, this body is only… Read more »

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Oct 06
Cover Reveal: Abigail Gibb’s Autumn Rose

Cover Reveal: Abigail Gibb’s Autumn Rose

This is a series I’ve been wanting to read, but most of my friends have given it mixed reviews. In any event, I do like the covers the books have been given. I have the cover for the next book in the series, are you ready to see it? * * * Amazon | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Books-A-Million | iBookstore Title: Autumn Rose Author: Abigail Gibbs Series: The Dark Heroine #2 Anticipated Publication date: January 28, 2014 Genre: YA (paranormal) Publisher: Harper Voyager Synopsis: In book two of her breathtakingly magical series, Abigail Gibbs draws us even further into the dangerous and romantic world of the Dark Heroines. Autumn Rose lives in a sleepy seaside town in the southwest of England, but buried deep under the surface… Read more »

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Oct 05
One Liners: Charles Finch’s A Beautiful Blue Death

One Liners: Charles Finch’s A Beautiful Blue Death

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 Charles Finch’s A Beautiful… Read more »

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Oct 04
Film Friday: The Hunt for Red October

Film Friday: The Hunt for Red October

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. Author Tom Clancy died earlier this week and I’ve decided to feature The Hunt for Red October. Clancy sold the manuscript to the Naval Institute Press for just $5,000. President Regan raved about the book and Clancy based the book on a real life event: the 1975 mutiny aboard a Soviet missile frigate. The book went on to sell more than 5 million copies. It also features Jack Ryan, Clancy’s most famous character. In 1984, the USSR’s best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect, or to start a war?… Read more »

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Oct 04
Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 + Giveaway

Samantha Fontien’s How to Catch Butterflies Book 2 is the continuation to her first book, How to Catch Butterflies. In this situation, it is necessary to read the first since Fontien doesn’t give you much background information regarding characters and situations that occurred in the first novel. Full disclosure: she did offer the opportunity to read the first book and if I had the time, I would have taken up the offer; however, having a very full review plate, I couldn’t. Either way, I often like to pick up books after the first to see if it is necessary to read the first in a series. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but then again I believe this has to do with it being the second book and not… Read more »

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Oct 03
Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Blog Tour: Review-Harry Hallman’s Word

Short stories are difficult to review without going into extensive detail and revealing the plot. Martin is doing great and has everything he could hope for. He’s a big fan of playing games and doesn’t think twice accepting an invite to play a game version similar to Scrabble with a stranger. When VN76 begins to play, Martin is smug and knows he can easily beat them. The next day he goes about his normal business until he begins having one of those days. You know the type, where one thing goes wrong and suddenly everything goes downhill. When his dog goes missing, he goes home only to realize there’s more to VN76’s word play and begins to frantically find out their identity before it is too late. Overall, I liked… Read more »

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Oct 02
Excerpt: Sharon Cullen’s Loving the Earl

Excerpt: Sharon Cullen’s Loving the Earl

I can’t say no to historical romance and Sharon Cullen’s Loving the Earl sounds like a fun read. I have an excerpt to share (the first chapter). Enjoy! Synopsis: Having vowed never to wed again, widowed viscountess Claire Hartford is about to do the unthinkable: travel unaccompanied across the continent in search of a lover. Her adventure begins sooner than expected, when she meets a magnificent cloaked stranger on her ship’s gangplank. He is Lord Blythe, a man whispered about in London’s ballrooms and drawing rooms, a scandalous rogue hell-bent on seduction. Nathan Ferguson curses the day he agreed to look out for his best friend’s wayward sister. The charismatic earl is traveling to Paris to uncover the truth behind his father’s death, but his desire for Claire threatens to… Read more »

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Oct 01

Postscript: September 2013

Happy October everyone! In case you missed the news: Lit, etc is sporting a new header and layout! A few older entries may still sport some blue and I’ll change those over time. Since the holiday season is right around the corner, I wanted to touch base regarding what to expect the next couple of months. The first 2 weeks of October you’ll see a few blog tour stops. And afterwards for November and December, we’re looking at a very quiet calendar. I’m looking at taking a small hiatus starting the second week of December. Regular features such as Film Friday and One Liners will be posted, but reviews and such will be limited. We also have a few giveaways going on: 2 digital copies of Mina Vaughn’s How to… Read more »

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