Monthly Archives:: November 2013

Nov 20
Cover Reveal: Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Hot

Cover Reveal: Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Hot

We have a synopsis for Lisa Desrochers’ next book in the A Little Too Far series! Plus we have a cover too! A Little Too Hot is coming January 21, 2014! * * *   Title: A Little Too Hot Author: Lisa Desrochers Series: A Little Too Far #3 Anticipated Publication date: January 21, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Synopsis: From USA Today bestselling author Lisa Desrochers, comes the third book in her sizzling New Adult series. If you play with fire… Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules… Read more »

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Nov 20
Book Review: Carolly Erickson’s The Spanish Queen

Book Review: Carolly Erickson’s The Spanish Queen

Carolly Erickson’s The Spanish Queen is a fictionalized autobiography of Catherine of Aragon. Erickson recreates Catherine’s departure from Spain to England and we spend our time in Tudor court. As a sixteen year old, Catherine of Aragon makes the journey from Spain to England but prior to her departure, Queen Isabella asks her to wear her wedding dress. Everyone around her says it will bring bad luck, but Catherine complies. Shortly afterwards, Catherine is told she’s cursed after a series of events prevent her departure from Spain. She decides to continue with her travel plans and arrives in England where she’ll marry Henry VII’s son, Arthur. Her marriage to Arthur doesn’t last long and finds herself developing a friendship with Henry VIII. She waits quietly in the wings unsure of… Read more »

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Nov 20
Spotlight: Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Spotlight: Toni Aleo’s Blue Lines + Giveaway

Toni Aleo fans and those still new to her: Toni is hosting a special blast to spread the word on PRE-ORDERS of Blue Lines. She hopes a certain number of pre-orders will generate interest and hopefully guarantee her a special holiday gift. What can do you to help? If you’re a fan of sport related romances, you’ll want to check out Blue Lines and if you decide to pre-order then you can enter for a chance to win one of two prizes hosted by Toni. Title: Blue Lines Author: Toni Aleo Series: Assassins #4 Publication Date: December 09, 2013 Genre: Romance Synopsis: Opposites do more than just attract in Tony Aleo’s latest Nashville Assassins novel about a very bad boy and the good girl he can’t resist. The instant Piper… Read more »

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Nov 19
Interview: Jennifer Laam

Interview: Jennifer Laam

I’m thrilled to welcome Jennifer Laam to Lit, etc! I really enjoyed her debuted novel, The Secret Daughter of the Tsar (reviewed here). Q. Tell me something about Jennifer Laam other than the standard bio on your website. I just learned the line dance that goes along with “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5. I am ridiculously proud of myself! Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? It may be more “annoying” than “interesting.” I second guess myself and rewrite and rewrite. Ultimately, I think it improves my work, but in the moment it’s vexing. Q. Historical fiction focuses on the lives people lived and imagining what their life was like. What type of responsibility do you feel you owe them when writing about them? This is… Read more »

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Nov 19
Book Review: Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

Book Review: Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

We’ve all heard of Anna Anderson, the woman who claimed she was Anastasia Romanov and later proved she was fraud. The fate of the Romanovs is a heartbreaking tale and one that continues to fascinate new generations. Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar is an intriguing tale about Empress Alexandra Romanov and her desire to have a son. Russian history professor, Veronica Herrea, is working on a book about Alexandra Romanov. Meeting with the department chair, she’s told she must produce a high quality book if she wants tenure and the odds aren’t in her favor. Frustrated she begins to look at other avenues of research. Then she meets the mysterious Michael Karstadt who has a secret. He offers to assist in her research and Veronica isn’t sure… Read more »

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Nov 18
Interview: Bill Smith

Interview: Bill Smith

Today’s our stop on the Christmas at the Homeplace blog tour and I’m honored to welcome Bill Smith to Literary, etc! If you’re interested in genealogy, you’ll want to read this interview because he gives us a few tips on where to start. Q. Tell me something about Bill Smith other than the standard bio on your website. Very family oriented and a teacher. My wife and I have been married 54 years. Our three daughters are our best friends. Two very young grandchildren: boy is approaching 10, girl just turned 6. All of our travel is now to visit family in Texas and Utah. I was a professor for 15 years. Earned my PhD after I was 50, but now realize I’d been primarily a teacher in most of… Read more »

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Nov 17
Cover Reveal: Cora Carmack’s Seeking Her

Cover Reveal: Cora Carmack’s Seeking Her

Cora Carmack fans: mark your calendars! Seeking Her will be released in January 2014 and we have a cover reveal. * * * Title: Seeking Her Author: Cora Carmack Series: Losing It #3.5 Anticipated Publication date: January 28, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: William Morrow Impulse Synopsis: A few months after being honorably discharged from the military, Jackson Hunt is still struggling to adjust back to the real world. He needs to get a job and find a sense of normalcy if he’s going to keep his own demons at bay. The job that falls into his lap, though, is anything but normal. Bodyguard (and baby-sitter) to spoiled-rich-girl Kelsey Summers isn’t exactly what he’d been looking for, but it’s a chance to travel, to get away from the home that… Read more »

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Nov 13
Blog Tour: Review-Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much + Giveaway

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

Lisa Desrochers’ A Little Too Much is the second book in her A Little Too Far series. If you’ve read the synopsis for both books then you know Alessandro doesn’t get the girl in A Little Too Far (I really hope you don’t consider this as a spoiler). I’ll be truthful, I’m team Alessandro all the way and still believe Lexie chose the wrong guy. Either way, I’m glad Alessandro got his own book because we get to spend a little more time with him. We have good characterization and I really liked getting to know Alessandro better. In A Little Too Far, he’s reserved and there’s a good reason; he’s about to enter the priesthood and there’s a certain code of conduct. He revealed a little of his past… Read more »

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Nov 12
Channel Surfing: National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy

Channel Surfing: National Geographic’s Killing Kennedy

November 22nd will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Several television channels have started to air their own documentaries about that day. On Sunday, the National Geographic channel aired, Killing Kennedy based on the Bill O’Reilly book. I haven’t read the book, but did manage to catch Killing Kennedy and I have mixed feelings. On the one hand, what held my interest was the fact this was a Lee Harvey Oswald centered production. Past films don’t focus on him and he’s always an afterthought. Here we see his actions and can make assumptions as to what drove him to plan Kennedy’s assassination. I really enjoyed the scenes with Oswald featuring his marriage. We see their marriage crumble and Oswald’s frustration at the government. I… Read more »

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Nov 11
Cover Reveal: J.K. Rock’s Camp Christmas

Cover Reveal: J.K. Rock’s Camp Christmas

I have the first book, Camp Boyfriend, on my to be read list and I can’t wait to get a chance to read it. I couldn’t pass up the chance to participate in the cover reveal since the series sounds like such a fun read. * * * Title: Camp Christmas (novella) Author: J.K. Rock Publication date: December 17, 2013 Genre: YA Synopsis: Hannah never meant to be a mean girl – at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she’s prepared to ride out her time… Read more »

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Nov 11
Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ A is for Alpha

Book Review: Laurel Ulen Curtis’ A is for Alpha

One of the complaints I hear from romance readers is how men real life rarely mirror men in fiction. Laurel Ulen Curtis’ A is for Alpha is a fun filled adventure about two women looking for their own fiction inspired heroes. Haley Whitfield and her mother Allison are big Kristen Ashley fans. When Haley voices her frustration about a date she’s just had, Allison suggests they take a vacation and Haley agrees. Before they embark on their grand adventure they make a list using the alphabet with the characteristics they want their ultimate dream hunk to be. First on the list is Alpha because the entire purpose of this trip is to find someone who is just like a Kristen Ashley hero. There’s one slight problem, Haley finds someone she… Read more »

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Nov 10
Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Trying to Score

Book Review: Toni Aleo’s Trying to Score

I’m a big fan of lovers reunited and having read the first book in the Assassins series, Taking Shots, I couldn’t wait to read Lucas’ story. If you haven’t read Taking Shots it’s not necessary to enjoy Trying to Score. Lucas Brooks hasn’t been the same since Fallon Parker walked out on him and he can’t blame her; however, he can’t remember what exactly happened in the moments leading up to Fallon discovering him in another woman’s arms. Seven years later, Fallon is living in Nashville where she works for her family. That family business serves wine at the arena where the Assassins play and she’s good friends with the team owner Elli Adler. Her world is turned upside down when she learns Lucas has been traded to Nashville and… Read more »

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