Monthly Archives:: September 2014

Sep 29
Book Review: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

Book Review: Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence

I’ll be truthful, I read Annette Dashofy’s Circle of Influence back in March and this review sadly has been sitting unfinished. Recently Dashofy hit USA Today’s best sellers list and I wanted you to know about her Zoe Chambers series. Plus, I really enjoyed Circle of Influence. We have good character development. Our main character is Zoe Chambers, an EMT who likes to ride horses. She’s tough and can easily hold her own in any situation. Zoe is also very loyal to her friends and she’s the type of person who will drop everything to be there in someone’s time of need. Then we have the ever so yummy head of police, Pete Adams! You’ll love him and understand his frustration at Zoe when she gets involved in investigating. There’s… Read more »

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Sep 25
Excerpt: Maya Rodale’s What a Wallflower Wants

Excerpt: Maya Rodale’s What a Wallflower Wants

I have an exclusive excerpt for Maya Rodale’s upcoming release, What a Wallflower Wants. Maya personally chose this excerpt and I’m super excited for the third book in her Bad Boys & Wallflower series. So mark your calendars for its September 30th release! Synopsis: Miss Prudence Merryweather Payton has a secret. Everyone knows that she’s the only graduate from her finishing school to remain unwed on her fourth season—but no one knows why. With her romantic illusions shattered after being compromised against her will, Prudence accepts a proposal even though her betrothed is not exactly a knight in shining armor. When he cowardly pushes her out of their stagecoach to divert a highwayman, she vows never to trust another man again. John Roark, Viscount Castleton, is nobody’s hero. He’s a… Read more »

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Sep 22
Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Book Review: Tanya J Peterson’s My Life in a Nutshell

Last May, I read and reviewed Tanya J. Peterson’s Leave of Absence and it became one of my favorite reads of 2013. When Peterson asked if I’d review My Life in a Nutshell, I couldn’t say no because she has a talent for writing characters struggling with a mental illness and making the reader understand their inner turmoil. We have good character development. Our main character is Brian Cunningham, a brilliant man who is a school janitor and suffers from anxiety. You’ll easily come to love him and your heart breaks when he’s put in certain situations he has no interest in. Then we have an adorable girl named Abigail Harris who unfortunately hasn’t had the best life. She suffers from abandonment issues and easily attaches to herself people and… Read more »

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Sep 17
Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

Book Review: Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens + Giveaway

When I first heard about Kate Forsyth’s Bitter Greens, it was around this time last year and really wished it was available in the US, but alas it wasn’t. Fast forward to later this year and imagine my surprise and delight to open my mailbox and there waiting for me was a review copy! I adored Bitter Greens and took my time reading it because I wanted to savor it and hoped it would never end. Ah, Rapnzel! What a beautiful enchanting story Forsyth has given us. As for characterization, we have three strong female characters. With regards to the narrative, Forsyth interweaves three narratives; two in the past with one in the present. Set in the 16th and 17th century, Bitter Greens begins with our main heroine, Charlotte-Rose de… Read more »

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Sep 15
Blog Tour: Review-Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires + Giveaway

I admit that the only reason I wanted to read Lecia Cornwall’s What a Lady Most Desires was mostly due to the cover! I mean it’s drool worthy and made me want to just pet the cover while saying, “my precious.” When given the opportunity to participate in the blog tour, I couldn’t pass up the chance since it meant spending more time drooling over the cover! We have good character development. Delphine St. James is beautiful and charming, but it’s all a façade. When she’s out in society, she plays the part as expected, but she’s tired of it. I liked Delphine because she’s not afraid to sit around and wait for things to happen. She’s interested in taking an active role and finds a purpose after the Battle… Read more »

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Sep 05
Blog Tour: Review-Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Liz Carlyle’s The Earl’s Mistress + Giveaway

I’ve been a Liz Carlyle fan for a few years and she’s an auto-buy for me, but admit I haven’t really kept up with her like I should. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for The Earl’s Mistress I couldn’t pass up the chance. We have good character development. Our heroine, Isabella Aldridge is trying to make ends meet and raise two girls. Her beauty makes it difficult to obtain a governess position but she’s not afraid to work hard. I had a bit of trouble warming up to Isabella because she tries to make a stand and then just goes with the flow. I wanted her to have a little more backbone. Our hero is Anthony, the Earl of Hepplewood and quite frankly I giggled… Read more »

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Sep 04
Cover Reveal: Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets

Cover Reveal: Hazel Gaynor’s A Memory of Violets

Hazel Gaynor is an author I really want to read. Her debut, The Girl Who Came Home, is on my TBR list and I can’t wait to read it. I’m really excited about her second novel, A Memory of Violets and the cover is lovely! * * * Title:A Memory of Violets Author: Hazel Gaynor Publication date: February 03, 2015 Genre: Historical Fiction Synopsis: ‘For Little Sister … I will never stop looking for you.’ 1876. Among the filth and depravity of Covent Garden’s flower markets, orphaned Irish sisters Flora and Rosie Flynn sell posies of violets and watercress to survive. It is a pitiful existence, made bearable only by the presence of each other. When they become separated, the decision of a desperate woman sets their lives on very… Read more »

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Sep 04
When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

When Your Favorite Author Goes Off The Deep End

Yesterday, one of my favorite authors had a very public Facebook meltdown. It quickly escalated from there and soon everyone who blogs about books was talking about it. I’m at a complete loss as to what to say. I’ve made no secret of my love for her and her series, but at the same time I can see where she was coming from. In a nutshell here’s the Facebook post: What brought it on? I’m asking the same question as many of you. I feel that in some ways, Cain was misunderstood. Now, don’t get me wrong-the way she went about it wasn’t the best way. But sometime last week she posted how One Kick didn’t make the New York Times best sellers list and it was the first time… Read more »

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Sep 03
Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Dip

Book Review: Gretchen Archer’s Double Dip

When in doubt, blame David…er Davis. Davis Way is back and this time in Double Dip she might be in over her head. If you haven’t read the first book, Double Whammy, it’s not necessary to do so in order to enjoy Double Dip. Gretchen Archer does a good job describing past events and gives a clear picture as to who’s who in terms of reoccurring characters. We have good character development and this important because it’s the second book in the series. Archer continues to develop her characters and we get to know them better. I’d like to say there’s more to Davis Way, but no she’s still the same. I love getting in her head with regards to nicknames and her reasoning for giving them. It just cracks… Read more »

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Sep 02
Guest Post: My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer by Tanya J Peterson

Guest Post: My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer by Tanya J Peterson

I’m thrilled to welcome Tanya back to Lit, etc.! As some of you may recall, I adored Leave of Absence and when Tanya asked if I’d participate in the blog tour for her new release, I couldn’t say no. I asked Tanya about writing difficult topics and if your interested, you can read her previous guest post, in which she discusses writing about mental illness. My Characters Put Me Through the Emotional Wringer I absolutely love creating and writing stories. The best part is making characters. From the moment they take shape, they become part of me, and I spend as much time with them as I do with my family. Okay, probably more so. I’d ask that people refrain from telling my husband and children about this, but they… Read more »

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