Monthly Archives:: November 2013

Nov 09
One Liners: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

One Liners: Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

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 Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl…. Read more »

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Nov 07
Book Review: Mark Capell’s Café Insomniac

Book Review: Mark Capell’s Café Insomniac

I first came across Mark Capell when I won a giveaway for his book, Vows to Kill, over at LibraryThing earlier this year. I really enjoyed it and I couldn’t wait to read more of his work. When he asked if I’d review Café Insomniac I couldn’t say no! Capell’s Café Insomniac is an intricate mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Justin Brooks is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. Suffering from insomnia, he decides to open an all night café and serve people looking for a great cup of coffee. On opening night, he gets a visit by a man who tells him to call him should he need any help and Justin dismisses him from his mind. As the night… Read more »

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Nov 06
Book Signing Tips

Book Signing Tips

Book signings are exciting! Not only do you get to worship ahem I mean meet the author who has brought joy into your life, but you get to connect with like minded people. If you’re like me, I had no idea what to expect at my first book signing! I was nervous, but when it was all over I was happy as can be. Now for big festivals or conventions (ie. BEA or ALA) the format might be different, but I do think you’ll be able to apply a few of these. Do • Call the venue ahead of time (especially if it will be held a bookstore or library) and inquire if you’re allowed to bring your own books. If so, ask them how many you’re allowed to have… Read more »

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Nov 04
Book Review: Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black

Book Review: Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black

Imagine for a moment that a childhood incident defines rest of your life. How would you react? Diane Setterfield’s Bellman & Black is an eerie, macabre tale that will leave you looking at life and death a little differently. As children, we’ve all done stupid things and ten year old William Bellman is no different. Hanging out with friends, they see a rook and dare him to use a slingshot on it. Thinking he’ll miss, he’s surprised when doesn’t, and the outcome weighs heavily on him. He suppresses the memory and grows up to become a successful entrepreneur. Several years later, an illness sweeps through the town and everyone begins to die. Desperate to save his family William makes a pact with the unknown Mr. Black. He spends the rest… Read more »

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Nov 01

Postscript: October 2013

Happy November! I can’t believe how quickly the year goes, but it seems once we hit August, the year just goes by super fast. The next two months will be quiet. I’m a bit behind on requested reviews and will be working on those during November and then come December, I’m going on a mini hiatus. The big event for November is Deanna Raybourn’s visit to Albuquerque next Friday and I’m excited! Depending on the bookstore’s book signing limit, I’m going to try to get a copy of one of the Lady Julia Grey books signed for a giveaway. Don’t forget there’s a copy of Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff up for grabs. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, November 06 that Midnight MST (2 am EST). News and Features One Liners: Chelsea… Read more »

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Nov 01
Blog Tour: Review-Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff

Blog Tour: Review-Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff

I just love the cover for Shelly Frome’s Tinseltown Riff! It’s a perfect fit for a book set in Hollywood and about a screenwriter trying to catch a break. The writing is solid and narration is in third person. At times, Tinseltown Riff does read more like a screenplay rather than a novel and it can frustrate a reader because a scene will cut to a different set of characters and you’re left wondering where it is all going. Though, I will admit Frome has a talent to write as if you’re seeing a movie rather than reading a book. One can only hope Tinseltown Riff will one day be adapted and can be seen on screen. He also intermixes a bit of Spanish among a few character conversations. If… Read more »

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Nov 01
Cover Reveal: Melanie Moreland’s Into the Storm

Cover Reveal: Melanie Moreland’s Into the Storm

This sounds like it will be an interesting read and I have a cover reveal to share! I really like this cover! Ready to see it? * * * Designed by Mayhem Cover Creations Title: Into the Storm Author: Melanie Moreland Publication date: Late 2013 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: She is a woman on the run. Pain, loneliness and terror are what she is leaving. Where she is headed doesn’t matter as long as it’s away from the hell her life has become. Joshua Bennett is trapped in a prison of his own making by the memories of his past. Traumatized and isolated, he is a reclusive writer, living a quiet, lonely life, his only companion his dog, Bear. It is what he knows, what he has accepted to be… Read more »

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