Monthly Archives:: March 2014

Mar 29

Bookish Bingo!

Kara, Lyn, and Bekka over at Great Imaginations have introduced a new interactive feature: Bookish Bingo. It’s fairly easy to sign-up and even non book bloggers can participate. Every three months there will be a new card. I really like this idea because it gives you the chance to step out of your comfort reading zone especially if you’ve been wanting to try a different genre. I really hope to see some of you participate and look forward to seeing your completed card. This is the bingo card for April, May, and June: A few rules: Sign-ups close on April 9th. All reading and reviewing must fall between April 1st and June 30th. One square per book. For instance, Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater is both the first in a series,… Read more »

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Mar 26
Cover Reveal: Molly McAdams’ Sharing You

Cover Reveal: Molly McAdams’ Sharing You

Molly McAdams’ fans: mark your calendar! Sharing You has a July 1st release date and in the meantime here’s the cover! * * * Title: Sharing You Author: Molly McAdams Anticipated Publication date: July 1, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult) Publisher: William Morrow & Company Synopsis: Twenty-three year old, Kamryn Cunningham has left all she’s ever known and moved to a small town where no one knows her name, who her parents are, or her social status in the horseracing world. Months after opening her own bakery and evading attempts of being set up by her new best friend, she meets Brody. But Kamryn fights the instant pull between them because there’s a detail she can’t dismiss. Brody’s married. To say that twenty-six year old, Brody Saco has had… Read more »

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Mar 24
Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Paula Brackston’s The Midnight Witch + Giveaway

Paula Brackston is a new author to me and I admit I’ve never heard of her before. When I received an ARC for The Midnight Witch, I was intrigued and part of that has to do with the gorgeous cover (and the hardback is even more beautiful in person!). I had planned to read Brackston’s backlist starting with The Witch’s Daughter before starting The Midnight Witch so I could become familiar with Brackston’s writing, but decided to delve right in. If you’ve never read Brackston’s books it’s not necessary to do in order to enjoy The Midnight Witch. Brackston does a great job explaining terms such as necromancer and other terms related to the paranormal and being unfamiliar with aspects of the paranormal won’t hinder your reading experience. We have… Read more »

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Mar 21
Blog Tour: Guest Post-Nuances in the Muffin Man by Stephan Collina + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Guest Post-Nuances in the Muffin Man by Stephan Collina + Giveaway

Today’s our stop on the Muffin Man blog tour and I’m excited to welcome Stephan Collina to Lit, etc. I asked Stephen about nuances he encountered while writing Muffin Man. I really like his guest post because it’s an insight to how an author writes. Nuances in the Muffin Man The “Muffin Man” is a tale set in the 1970s that, through the personal lives of its key founding staff, the rise of a secret organization that carries out assassinations away from Congressional or other Governmental supervision. Thus, with its target audience located in two culturally similar but different countries, and with events set forty years earlier, there are inherent within the story a range of nuances I had to consider. Some of these nuances were simple enough to consider,… Read more »

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Mar 20
Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ Three Weeks with Lady X + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Eloisa James’ Three Weeks with Lady X + Giveaway

Eloisa James is one of those authors who are hit or miss for me. I loved, loved, loved meeting Leopold Dautry, the Duke of Villiers in James’ Desperate Duchesses series and when I heard his illegitimate son, Tobias, was getting a book, I couldn’t resist the temptation to read it! Ah, Three Weeks with Lady X was everything I wanted! If you’ve never read James’ Desperate Duchesses series it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Three Weeks with Lady X. There are no spoilers and you can even go back to read Leopold’s story, A Duke of Her Own, and not miss anything since both are good standalones. We have good characterization and James does a great job letting us spend an equal amount of time with… Read more »

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Mar 19
Excerpt: Eloisa James’ Three Weeks With Lady X

Excerpt: Eloisa James’ Three Weeks With Lady X

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Eloisa James’ Three Weeks With Lady X. Enjoy! Synopsis: Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, head-strong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his—the one thing Thorn can’t afford to lose… His fierce and lawless heart. Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iTunes… Read more »

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Mar 19
Cover Reveal: Noelle August’s Boomerang

Cover Reveal: Noelle August’s Boomerang

Lorin Oberweger and Veronica Rossi fans: mark your calendars! Boomerang will be released in July 2014 and we have a cover reveal. This is the New Adult novel they both co-wrote. * * * Title: Boomerang Author: Noelle August Anticipated Publication date: July 15, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance (New Adult) Publisher: HarperCollins Synopsis: Welcome to BOOMERANG, the hottest startup in the coolest city: Los Angeles, CA. Why? Because it’s about no-strings, no-fuss relationships for those on the rebound and those who crave connection without all the baggage of long-term promises. While it’s THE dating site for the millennial gen, their offices are even steamier than the hook-ups the website produces. But that buzz is fading as Boomerang struggles to grow, the solution? Find two brilliant interns and give them a… Read more »

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Mar 13
Encountering Your Profession in Books

Encountering Your Profession in Books

I always find it interesting how others perceive one’s own profession and it’s even more daunting at times when reading a book that mentions it. I have a master’s in medieval history (my primary area is the legality of war and the law of arms with a focus on 14th century England) and at some point I do have plans to get a PhD (it’s more of a personal goal than a need). Lucky for me I don’t encounter very many medievalists mentions, but once in a while I do and I have to scratch my head. This one is from Jennifer Laam’s The Secret Daughter of the Tsar and I laughed so much because it was so odd to see a medievalist described in such away. Are we nuts?… Read more »

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Mar 12
The Essentials: Liz Carlyle

The Essentials: Liz Carlyle

Have you ever wanted to read an established author, but not sure where to start? Fear no more! The Essentials is a showcase spotlighting a specific author or series. The feature might even include non-bookish related items such as films or music. To kick off The Essentials, I’m spotlighting Liz Carlyle. Carlyle has written 21 full length novels and 3 novellas. She’s always on my auto buy list, but admit, I prefer classic Liz. By that I mean, I love her earlier novels which I consider to be essential to any historical romance fan! I’m always surprised when she’s not listed as an author to read when people ask for recommendations because I truly do consider her a gem. My False Heart /

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Mar 10
Book Review: Kate Meader’s All Fired Up

Book Review: Kate Meader’s All Fired Up

I have a confession; I’ve been eying Kate Meader’s Feel the Heat, but haven’t had the chance to read it. When the opportunity came to review All Fired Up, I couldn’t pass up the chance. All Fired Up is the second book in Meader’s Hot in the Kitchen series. If you haven’t read the first in the series, Feel the Heat, it is not necessary to do so in order to enjoy All Fired Up. Meader does give us a bit of backstory but I wouldn’t consider them spoilers. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas and for Cara DeLuca life is just about to get complicated. Meeting Shane Doyle at her cousin’s co-bachelor / bachelorette party doesn’t mean anything to Cara. When she wakes up the next day,… Read more »

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Mar 09
One Liners: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

One Liners: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit

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 J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit…. Read more »

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Mar 05
Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

Me & Exotic Cuisine: The Truth

In the February wrap up post I mentioned doing a bit more personal blog posts and this is one of them. I wish I was adventurous when it comes to my palate. I’ve often thought I’d be that person who wouldn’t turn up her nose at some foreign dish, but alas I’m not. I’m not going to be that girl who announces “I’m ordering Ethiopian for lunch. Do you want anything?” You may be asking yourself what brought this on and it was yesterday’s lunch. A co-worker was saying he was craving a sandwich from this Vietnamese restaurant that another co-worker took him to. Being the admin assistant for a non-profit means I’m often stuck having someone pick up an order for me if I forget lunch or wait until… Read more »

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