Monthly Archives:: April 2014

Apr 30
Cover Reveal: Ashley Simone’s Whatever It Takes

Cover Reveal: Ashley Simone’s Whatever It Takes

New Adult fans: based on the synopsis, this sounds like an interesting read. If any of you end up reading it, let me know because I’d love to know your thoughts. In the meantime…I have a cover reveal for it! * * * Title: Whatever It Takes Author: Ashley Simone Publication date: May 2014 Genres: Romance (New Adult) Synopsis: What would you do if you got a second chance at life? Nicky is not having a great year. After her mother’s sudden death, she’s forced to deal with the family finances, move away from the small town she grew up in, and drop out of college. Her bank balance dwindles, her landlord evicts her and she’s just about to become homeless… Could a twist of fate give you everything you… Read more »

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Apr 30
Excerpt: Christina Lee’s Whisper To Me

Excerpt: Christina Lee’s Whisper To Me

Ah, everyone! I have an exclusive excerpt of Christina Lee’s highly anticipated release, Whisper to Me. This is Rachel’s story and I can’t wait to read it! Synopsis: A hot and consuming New Adult romance about a wayward musician and the one girl who keeps him grounded… At college, Rachel has a reputation for being a sarcastic flirt with a thing for star athletes. No one at school knows that she’d had her heart ripped to shreds by her high school sweetheart, who’d driven them both off the side of the road on a borrowed motorcycle, and then abandoned her. No one knows the real Rachel Mattson—except one person… Ever since he helped nurse his sister’s feisty best friend back to health, pierced bass player Kai Nakos has been head… Read more »

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Apr 28
Cover Reveal: Kim Harrison’s The Witch With No Name

Cover Reveal: Kim Harrison’s The Witch With No Name

Kim Harrison fans: I have the cover for the final book in her Hollows series. I haven’t read any of her books, but they do look interesting especially if you’re a fan of urban fantasy and paranormal. * * * Title: The Witch With No Name Author: Kim Harrison Series: The Hollows #13 Anticipated Publication date: September 09, 2014 Genre: Paranormal / Fantasy Publisher: Harper Voyager Synopsis: The triumphant conclusion to Kim Harrison’s #1 New York Times bestselling Hollows series! Rachel Morgan’s come a long way from the clutzy runner of Dead Witch Walking. She’s faced vampires and werewolves, banshees, witchs, and soul-eating demons. She’s crossed worlds, channeled gods, and accepted her place as a day-walking demon. She’s lost friends and lovers and family, and an old enemy has become… Read more »

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Apr 27
World Book Night 2014 Wrap Up

World Book Night 2014 Wrap Up

This past Wednesday, the 23rd was World Book Night. For not those familiar with the event, each year a panel of librarians and booksellers pick 30-35 books and then members of the public are allowed to apply to be a book giver. These givers pick one to three titles and in the end are given one book to give (20 copies of it). Now if you’re wondering about who pays for the production of the books, etc. you might be surprised to learn that authors wave their royalties and the publisher pays to produce the special edition. The ultimate goal of World Book Night is to get books into the hands of people who normally don’t read or have access to books (due to financial problems or perhaps due to… Read more »

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Apr 21
The Essentials: Elizabeth Thornton

The Essentials: Elizabeth Thornton

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. This feature might even include non-bookish related items such as films or music. Our second author featured on The Essentials, is Elizabeth Thornton. The romance world lost a really good historical romance author in 2010. She wrote 31 novels and it was her husband that typed them since she hand wrote all her manuscripts. When it comes to historical romance authors, she’s not one that makes everyone’s list and several historical romance fans have never heard of her. The first book of hers that I picked up was by accident. I was at Borders (sniff sniff) and a new release at… Read more »

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Apr 19
One Liners: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

One Liners: Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind

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 Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With… Read more »

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Apr 18
Interview: Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway

Interview: Catherine McKenzie + Giveaway

I’m thrilled to welcome Catherine McKenzie to Lit, etc! Her current release is Hidden and this is one of those books that you’ll be thinking about for days. In fact, I’m still thinking about it (especially the ending) and dying to talk to someone about it. I’ve reviewed it here. Giveaway details are located at the end of the interview along with a synopsis of Hidden. Good luck! Q. Tell me something about Catherine McKenzie other than the standard bio on your website. I watch a lot of television. Q. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? I often write in front of the television. I find it helps not overthink what I’m writing. Q. You studied history as an undergraduate. Any plans to write a historical fiction… Read more »

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Apr 17
Cover Reveal: Stacey Kennedy’s Freed

Cover Reveal: Stacey Kennedy’s Freed

Any erotica fans? If so, you might to want to check out Stacey Kennedy’s Club Sin series. I have a cover reveal for book 4, Freed. * * * Title: Freed Author: Stacey Kennedy Series: Club Sin #4 Anticipated Publication date: September 23, 2014 Genre: Contemporary Romance Publisher: Loveswept Synopsis: Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny. Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s… Read more »

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Apr 17
Cover Reveal: Monica Murphy’s Intoxicated + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Monica Murphy’s Intoxicated + Excerpt

Fans of Monica Murphy’s Billionaire Bachelors Club: I have an excerpt and cover reveal for the upcoming novella, Intoxicated! I’m totally loving this cover! * * * Title: Intoxicated Author: Monica Murphy Anticipated Publication date: June 17, 2014 Series: Billionaire Bachelors Club #3.5 Genre: Romance Publisher: Avon Impulse Synopsis: New York Times bestselling author Monica Murphy wraps up her sexy Billionaire Bachelors Club series with a wedding to remember. But this time, they’re not bachelors anymore, and the groom … is one of them. It’s Gage and Marina’s wedding day, but wedded bliss seems a long way off: Ivy’s just gone into labor. Marina’s missing her matron of honor. And Bryn’s giving Matt the silent treatment. It’s up to Archer, Gage, and Matt to make sure this day goes off… Read more »

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Apr 15
Book Review: Pamela DuMond’s The Story of You and Me

Book Review: Pamela DuMond’s The Story of You and Me

Pamela DuMond’s The Story of You and Me is your typical new adult romance novel: girl meets boy and both fall head over heels. Unfortunately, this one fell flat despite the author’s reason for writing this novel (which brought tears to my eyes when I read the author letter). Character development is a bit weak. We get to know Sophie fairly well, but she’s still keeping us at arms length. At times, she comes off as a bit of a ditz (more on that later) and I just had a difficult time actually liking her and couldn’t connect with her. Then there’s Alex, the hot guy that makes Sophie weak in the knees. The problem? I thought he was too sweet and a bit too perfect though he’s hiding a… Read more »

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Apr 14
Overcoming Blogger Guilt

Overcoming Blogger Guilt

I have a confession…I have blogger’s guilt. Mostly, when it comes to the frequency of posting. It’s not that I’m not reading, but rather my mojo when it comes to writing reviews or discussion posts has gone missing. Maybe my blogger’s mojo is on some island enjoying an umbrella drink and the warm sunshine, but I’d like it back. I have a stack of books that I read, but reviews need to be written and there’s zero inspiration. Then…there’s the whole guilt regarding being a book blogger and keeping up with the world of publishing. Before when I was unemployed, it was easy to keep up and see what was going in the world. Now? Not so much. I feel so guilty when I miss book related events in the… Read more »

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