Monthly Archives:: December 2014

Dec 30
Life According to Literature: 2014

Life According to Literature: 2014

It’s that time of the year! As you know, I had a lot of fun answering these questions last year and decided to do it again. Catherine Pope – Victorian Geek has put together this great meme. Using only books you have read this year (2014), answer these questions. Try not to repeat a book title. Describe yourself: Girl on the Golden Coin (Marci Jefferson) How do you feel: Hidden (Catherine McKenzie) Describe where you currently live: Personal Target (Kay Thomas) If you could go anywhere, where would you go: The Millionaire Affair (Jessica Lemmon) Your favourite form of transportation: Last Train to Babylon (Charlee Fam) Your best friend is: Wild Child (Molly O’Keefe) You and your friends are: The Midnight Witch (Paula Brackston) What’s the weather like: Finding Sky… Read more »

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Dec 27
One Liners: Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way

One Liners: Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way

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 Marcel Proust’s Swann’s Way… Read more »

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Dec 20
One Liners: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

One Liners: Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

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 Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway… Read more »

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Dec 19
Terrible Twos: A Blogoversary Tale + Giveaway

Terrible Twos: A Blogoversary Tale + Giveaway

So let’s talk milestones! Two years ago, I was part of a blog that I helped create, but alas things just didn’t work out and I walked away. I still wanted to be part of the book community and decided to embark on my own. The name, Literary, etc., was not my first choice and anything I played around with at the time just didn’t sound right. During this past year, I’ve debated changing the name and trust me-it’s a scary thing to even contemplate. I admire fellow bloggers who have done it. Maybe, I’ll get a bit of courage for Christmas. 😉 This year I introduced four new features. While I worked on some of these features regularly, others sadly were neglected. ONE LINERS We look at a novel’s… Read more »

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Dec 18
Cover Reveal: Wendy Leigh’s Unraveled by Him + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Wendy Leigh’s Unraveled by Him + Excerpt

Okay-I admit I’m really intrigued to read Wendy Leigh’s upcoming Unraveled by Him because let’s face it-anyone who’s a celebrity biographer must be able to include some real life tidbits as fiction in her new book. * * * Title: Unraveled by Him Author: Wendy Leigh Publication date: February 02, 2015 Series: Unraveled #1 Genre: Erotica Synopsis: Unraveled by Him embraces the sensuality of Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series and sweeping ​mystery and twisty ​nail-biting ​suspense. The first in a spellbinding trilogy that entwines, love, hate, romance, jealousy, lust and a white hot sexual adventure. This erotically charged roller coaster debut by New York Times bestselling author Wendy Leigh, introduces us to Miranda, a free-spirited celebrity ghost writer who gets swept up into a dark world of passion and glamour​ when… Read more »

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Dec 16
Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

Meeting Neil Patrick Harris

I’d like to say I was suave and didn’t forget my little speech I had planned to say at the moment I met actor Neil Patrick Harris. The reality is…I spaced! On Monday, October 20th, I attended the book signing at Barnes & Noble for Harris’ autobiography: Chose Your Own Autobiography. I didn’t know Harris was coming until I read an article on the Friday before the 20th and I hated calling the bookstore to see if there were any wristbands left for the signing. When I was given the yes there were still some left, I had to ask the all important question most bloggers have: could I get a second copy signed? Here is where I ran into a problem, no one I knew was available to go… Read more »

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Dec 15
Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

Channel Surfing: I’m a Marshmallow!

I just finished binge watching all three seasons of Veronica Mars and I can’t believe I went this long NOT being a fan of the show! One of the reasons I decided to finally watch was because I made the mistake of watching the film first. I had a ton of questions and to be truthful found the film to be a bit ah boring. It was boring to me in the sense that I had NO idea what I was getting and who was who. While the film introduces people to the world of Veronica Mars, it follows the format that the show does; that being old cases tend to pop up in a future episode. I was totally lost and I had no one to turn to because… Read more »

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Dec 13
One Liners: Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2

One Liners: Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2

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 Richard Powers’ Galatea 2.2… Read more »

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Dec 08
Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

Celebrating a Life: My Grandmother

It’s been rather quiet around here and I wanted to explain why. Four weeks ago, we were notified that my grandmother was ill and probably wouldn’t see the end of the year. I prayed and hoped for a miracle, but someone upstairs wanted her to spend Christmas and ring in the New Year with them. On Thursday, December 4th, my grandmother, Elena, died. She was born in 1927 to a family of well to do farmers. During the Great Depression, her family did not experience the hardship and hunger that many families did and in fact many neighbors often came to her father where they would barter work for food. My grandmother often told the story of her family knowing Mexican Revolutionary General, Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Rumor has it; he… Read more »

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