Monthly Archives:: November 2013

Nov 30
One Liners: Alan Cupp’s Malicious Masquerade

One Liners: Alan Cupp’s Malicious Masquerade

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 Alan Cupp’s Malicious Masquerade… Read more »

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Nov 30
Book Review: Rebecca Thomas’ The Blacksmith’s Son

Book Review: Rebecca Thomas’ The Blacksmith’s Son

By now you know I can’t resist a historical romance and when I read the synopsis to Rebecca Thomas’ novella and saw that it involved a female character disguising herself as a boy, my interest was piqued. As for characterization, we have good character development within the confines of a novella. Ally Lockwood is feisty and isn’t afraid of hard work. She disguises herself as the son of a blacksmith and is biding her time before she can leave the country. The reason? She’s been accused of stealing from the Earl of Linford and when she comes face to him in her disguise she knows her time is up. Then we have Quentin who has just left the Navy and is going home to visit his family before leaving to… Read more »

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Nov 29
Book Review: Bethanne Strasser’s Letters From Home

Book Review: Bethanne Strasser’s Letters From Home

I’m a big fan of unrequited love and when I came across the synopsis to Bethany Strasser’s Letters from Home, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review it. Character development is difficult in a novella because you’re limited with what you can do and Stasser gives us strong characters. Lena is a doctor in the United States Army and likes to keep busy. She can come off a little too strong and at times I didn’t like her, but it’s easy to understand why she acts the way she does. Then we have Zack who missed his opportunity to tell Lena how feels! I liked Zack and he’s honorable. He’s had to make some tough decisions, but he’s made them and is ready to move on with his life…. Read more »

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Nov 28

Happy Thanksgiving!

The gift of wonderful friends is the nicest blessing of all. You are in my heart and prayers all year, and, especially during this special season.  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 28
Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Veronica Bane’s Mara + Giveaway

Veronica Bane’s Mara is an intriguing tale about a group of misfits finding common ground and friendship amid social tensions in the town of Jericho. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak, but again, it’s a novella and you can’t go into in-depth character development otherwise you sacrifice other aspects such as narrative. Our main character is Mara who has the ability to control fire and comes from a troubled past. We get to meet her brother briefly and it’s pretty apparent they have a rocky relationship. Mara does not live with him and instead went to live in Jericho with her aunt and uncle. Then we have Miyuki who can control water and unlike Mara is just coming to terms with what she can do. Other characters can control… Read more »

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Nov 27
How to Use Calibre

How to Use Calibre

I’m surprised at how many people aren’t aware of Calibre or don’t know how to use it. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a free and open source ebook library management program that gives you the ability to convert ebooks to different formats as well as letting you send ebooks to your device. This tutorial is for those who have never used the program and aren’t sure how to get started. My aim was to make it as simple as possible. Now the steps listed below will ONLY work with DRM free books. There are plugins that will let you strip the DRM file in order for you to convert it to your desired format, but I’m not going to talk about them since I know a few people… Read more »

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Nov 26
Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished + Giveaway

Sarah MacLean is one of those historical romance authors I’ve been wanting to read, but haven’t had the chance to do so. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour, I knew this was my chance. MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished is the third book in her The Rules of Scoundrels series. If you haven’t read the series, it’s perfectly safe to read No Good Duke without being exposed to spoilers. As for characterization, it’s a bit weak. I do believe it has to do with the fact that this is the third book in a series and some characters are already established. Our hero is Temple (William Harrow, the Duke of Lamont) who has spent the past twelve years known as Killer Duke. He has no… Read more »

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Nov 25
Book Review: Heartache Motel (Anthology)

Book Review: Heartache Motel (Anthology)

What do Elvis and drag queens have in common? Memphis! Welcome to the Heartache Motel where Elvis is immortalized and three amateur sleuths find themselves staying in a seedy motel and planning a visit to Graceland. Anthologies are often difficult to review because you’re reading more than one novella and there’s always one or two that you enjoy the most. I’m going to review Heartache Motel a little differently from my usual style and give you my overall impression because I don’t want to give spoilers. “Diners Keepers, Losers Weepers” by Terri L. Austin Synopsis: When Rose and the gang head to Graceland right before Christmas, they get all shook up: the motel is a seedy dump and an Elvis impersonator turns up dead. Rose discovers missing jewels tie into… Read more »

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Nov 25
Naughty or Nice? Entangled Promotional Post

Naughty or Nice? Entangled Promotional Post

Entangled has launched two new lines: Flaunt and Flirt. Both will consist of novellas that range from historials to contemporaries, but they all have one thing in common: “a happy ending and the promise of love.” Several books in the Flaunt and Flirt line were released today including these 5 below! A review of Letters from Home and The Blacksmith’s Son will be posted during the week. To celebrate the launch of these titles, Entangled is hosting a giveaway! Details at the end of the post. Letters From Home by Bethany Strasser Synopsis: An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning… Read more »

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Nov 22
Interview: Cara Connelly + Giveaway

Interview: Cara Connelly + Giveaway

I’m really excited to welcome Cara Connelly to Literary, etc as part of the “The Wedding Date” blog tour! You can read an exclusive excerpt here. The giveaway is located at the end of the interview along with the link to follow the blog tour. Q. Tell me something about Cara Connelly other than the standard bio on your website. I grew up in a very rural area and went to the same school with the same kids from kindergarten through graduation, which gave me have a deep fondness and appreciation for small town life. But I also love cities, and while most people relish a getaway to the countryside, my favorite vacations have taken me to Paris, Rome, Venice, London, Vienna, Dublin, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Washington… And… Read more »

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Nov 22
Film Friday: JFK

Film Friday: JFK

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. Fifty years ago today, the 35th president of the United States was assassinated. I reviewed Killing Kennedy last week and explained that it is a central Oswald production where there is no conspiracy theory. So today, I bring you the other side with Oliver Stone’s JFK. Oliver Stone’s JFK is a political thriller that follows the events leading up to assassination of JFK and New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison’s (played by Kevin Costner) quest to file charges against Clay Shaw (played Tommy Lee Jones) for his alleged participation in the conspiracy to assassinate President Kennedy. Jim Garrison: The Warren Commission… Read more »

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Nov 21
Excerpt: Cara Connelly’s The Wedding Date

Excerpt: Cara Connelly’s The Wedding Date

As part of the Cara Connelly’s blog tour, I have an excerpt for “The Wedding Date.” Enjoy! Synopsis: Julie Marone isn’t your ordinary matchmaker. Instead of setting up singles, she matches already-happy couples with their dream homes. It’s her calling. Her gift. And since she lost the other half of her own happy couple, it’s become her passion. Cody Brown isn’t your ordinary cowboy. Instead of roping runaway steers, he wrangles sick kids and strung-out junkies as an ER doc. It’s his job. His responsibility. And since his brother lost his wife to a drunk driver, it’s his mission. When Cody moves from Austin to Boston, he wants Julie to find him a condo, and fast. But she’s got issues with that. Because not only is Cody single, he’s a… Read more »

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