Monthly Archives:: January 2014

Jan 31
Interview: Marci Jefferson + Giveaway

Interview: Marci Jefferson + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on the Girl on the Golden Coin blog tour and I’m thrilled to welcome Marci Jefferson to Lit, etc! Her debut novel, Girl on the Golden Coin, will be released on February 11th and ah I loved this book so much! I’ve reviewed it here . Giveaway details are located at the end of the interview along with a synopsis of Girl on the Golden Coin. I loved this book so much that in addition to the copy being offered by St. Martin’s Press, I’m giving away an additional copy. Please note: the copy being given away by me is open international as long as The Book Depository ships to where you live (check here), you’re 18 or older and void where prohibited by law. Good luck!… Read more »

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Jan 31
Book Review: Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin

Book Review: Marci Jefferson’s Girl on the Golden Coin

If one word could be used to describe Marci Jefferson Girl on the Golden Coin, it would be: captivating. It’s beautiful, lush, and breathtaking. I didn’t want it to end! Not many people may know the story of Frances Stuart, but no doubt you’ve seen the image of Britannia on British currency. Dressed in roman robes, she’s seated holding a trident while wearing a Corinthian helmet and beside her is a shield depicting the unification of Scotland and England. In 1672, Frances served as the model for Britannia and since then has been featured on medals and coins. She’s since been retired, but in 2006 appeared on the fifty pence. Right in front of me as I write this review is that fifty pence though I’m lucky to have several… Read more »

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Jan 28
Book Review: Jayne Ann Krentz’s River Road

Book Review: Jayne Ann Krentz’s River Road

If you’re a fan of Jayne Ann Krentz’s books then you know that for the past few years she’s woven a mixture of the paranormal into her contemporary novels including her historical and futuristic novels. I was a bit unsure if I’d enjoy River Road because as much I liked her Arcane series, I was tired of reading about the paranormal. There’s been a lot of talk about Krentz’s return to romance (just plain old fashioned romance) and it’s refreshing to see her return to her roots. Thirteen years ago, Lucy Sheridan was a teenage girl spending the summer at her aunt’s house and crushing on Mason Fletcher. Unfortunately, Mason never saw Lucy as more than a kid and when he escorts her from a party she’s attending she’s embarrassed… Read more »

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Jan 27
Interview: Jamie Baywood

Interview: Jamie Baywood

I’m excited to welcome Jamie Baywood to Lit, etc! Jamie wrote a memoir about her time in New Zealand and if you’ve ever traveled or lived abroad, I’m sure you can easily connect with Jamie’s experiences. Q. Tell me something about Jamie Baywood other than the standard bio on Goodreads. For the past three years, I’ve been disassembling and reassembling my life by moving to different countries. I’ve lived in five countries now; America, American Samoa, New Zealand, Scotland and now England. It was always my dream to live abroad when I was growing up in California. I had bad dating experiences in California and read in a New Zealand tour book that the country’s population at 100,000 fewer men than women. I wanted to have some me time and… Read more »

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Jan 26
Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1

Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie: The Sorcerer’s Stone Part 1

As several of you know, I’ve never read Harry Potter! I started The Sorcerer’s Stone last week and I’m halfway through it (well I stopped right where Harry and company are about to get sorted or something like that. LOL). What do I think so far? The Sorcerer’s Stone really is for children and you can definitely tell just by the first few opening pages. Still I’ve enjoyed what I read and keep wondering how in the world J. K. Rowling slept! I mean with all these characters and world building, I doubt I’d sleep very much. Overall thoughts as I read: • Why do the Dursley’s hate the Potter’s? • Okay…we have a cat and now there’s a Professor McGonagall. Who the heck is Dumbledore talking to and what… Read more »

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Jan 24
The Round Table: Inscriptions

The Round Table: Inscriptions

In our last Round Table discussion, I brought up signed books and if you read your copies. A lot of you said you read them and that made me feel better about reading them especially well loved copies that have been since signed. Today, I’m wondering about inscriptions in those signed books. Do you prefer the standard signature only signed books or do you prefer something more personal? I personally prefer something more personal because I feel there’s more of a connection with an author besides the standard signature. I’m perfectly aware that authors (and really popular ones) are on a time limit especially at book signings. And yet, I admit to feeling a bit disappointed if all I get is my name and the author’s signature. Although I like… Read more »

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Jan 24
Cover Reveal: Steven Montano’s Path of Bones

Cover Reveal: Steven Montano’s Path of Bones

Any fantasy fans? Steven Montano’s Skullborn series sounds really interesting and I have a cover reveal for the second book, Path of Bones. I really like it! * * * Title: Path of Bones Author: Steven Montano Series: The Skullborn Trilogy #2 Anticipated Publication date: February 07, 2014 Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Darker Sunset Press Synopsis: Return to the world of Malzaria in the highly anticipated sequel to the best-selling epic fantasy adventure City of Scars. Hunted by Empires and crime lords alike, Ijanna Taivorkan and the young warrior Kath Cardrezhej make their north through the dire Bonelands, a twisted wastelands populated by unnatural terrors. Hoping to find the answers to her dark destiny and driven by a need to escape her fate, Ijanna won’t rest until she locates the last… Read more »

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Jan 21
Monica Murphy’s Savor Release Day Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway

Monica Murphy’s Savor Release Day Blitz: Excerpt + Giveaway

Monica Murphy’s Savor is NOW available! I haven’t read this series, but a lot of friends have enjoyed them. I’m hoping to start them soon. Title: Savor Author: Monica Murphy Genre: Contemporary Romance Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #3 Publication Date: July 08, 2013 Publisher: Avon Impulse Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy concludes her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a fiery romance that refuses to be left at the office… Bryn James can’t take much more. Smart, sexy Matthew DeLuca is everything she wants in a man, but he’s also her boss—the youngest, hottest vineyard owner in the Napa Valley—and he doesn’t see her as anything more than his shy assistant. That’s all about to change. Armed with a hot new look and an attitude to match,… Read more »

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Jan 20
Book Review: Antoinette van Heugten’s The Tulip Eaters + Giveaway

Book Review: Antoinette van Heugten’s The Tulip Eaters + Giveaway

I’ll be up front and state how excited I was to read Antoinette van Heugten’s The Tulip Eaters and when the opportunity came to review it, I couldn’t pass up the chance. While I liked van Heugten’s writing, overall The Tulip Eaters falls a bit short. Imagine coming home after a tiring day at work and your worst nightmare has come true. Your mother has been murdered and your daughter is missing. That’s exactly what has happened to Nora de Jong and while the police try to piece together who the dead man on the floor is, Nora only wants to know the fate of her daughter. Days pass and still no word regarding her daughter when Nora suddenly discovers a family secret. Little does she know, her world is… Read more »

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Jan 19
Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie

Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie

Okay…it’s time for a bookish related confession. If you’ve followed the blog then this won’t come as a surprise, but then maybe it will. Are you ready? * * * When people ask me my thoughts about Harry Potter I always say I have nothing to say. Why? Because I’ve never read the books and haven’t seen the films. When I started to blog, I decided that needed to change. I know as a book blogger you can’t read every book out there (not ever reading Twilight), but it just seems that this is one series I needed to tackle. What I do know: • Harry lives with his aunt and uncle • Hogwarts is the school where Harry ends up going • Sorting hats (the term is all I… Read more »

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Jan 19
One Liners: Albert Camus’ The Stranger

One Liners: Albert Camus’ The Stranger

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 Albert Camus’s The Stranger… Read more »

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Jan 18
A Zebra Like Me Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

A Zebra Like Me Release Day Blitz + Giveaway

Maybelle Dawson longs for normalcy and belonging. Often misunderstood, she struggles with a rare disorder, labeling her a Medical Zebra. Maybelle’s happiness and well-being threaten to slip through her fingers as she battles to take control of her life. She faces a never-ending battle on her journey to find love, courage and friendship in a world lacking acceptance. With the guidance of her guardian angel, Maybelle finds her way out of emotional and physical isolation to discover lasting love and amazing friendships. A Zebra Like Me is the story of one teenager’s battle with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a disorder affecting one in five thousand people. Author’s Note A Zebra Like Me is a work of fiction but Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and the message in this story are very real. I have EDS… Read more »

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