Posts By: Jessica

Mar 12
Spotlight: The Photo Traveler

Spotlight: The Photo Traveler

Title: The Photo Traveler Author: Arthur J. Gonzalez Genre: YA / Science Fiction Synopsis: Seventeen-year-old Gavin Hillstone is resigned to being miserable for the rest of his life. Left alone in the world after his parents died in a fire when he was four, he was placed in foster care, which for him meant ending up in an abusive home with an alcoholic adoptive father. Gavin’s only escape is in taking and creating images. His camera is his refuge from the unending torture and isolation of daily life in his “family.” Until he learns by accident that he isn’t alone in the world after all. His father’s parents are still alive and living in Washington DC. When he takes the plunge and travels 3,000 miles to find his grandparents, he… Read more »

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Mar 12
Books I Will Have Read by June

Books I Will Have Read by June

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is: Spring TBR books. Since you can include books you hope to read and those that are being released, I’ve included both. What’s on your list? In no particular order: Sylvia Day’s Entwined With You Synopsis: From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside–so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become. Entwined… Read more »

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Mar 11
Book Review: Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness

Book Review: Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness

A few weeks ago, I read a short review in Entertainment Weekly for Margot Berwin’s Scent of Darkness. It sounded intriguing and when I found out my local library had a copy, I quickly requested a hold. I can’t describe how I feel about Scent of Darkness because I just don’t know what to say. Berwin’s Scent of Darkness is a coming of age story. Eva grew up with a mother who resented her because she was the product of a one night stand. Being Catholic, her mother didn’t get an abortion and made it her mission to spend little time with Eva. Eva was raised her by grandmother, Louise who is a perfume maker and teaches her about how scents play a central role in our lives. When Louise… Read more »

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Mar 10

Bisson’s Winter

I’m a big fan of Edouard Bisson and I just love this painting of his. The detail and the color are just striking. Your thoughts? Edouard Bisson (1856-1939) – Winter Oil on canvas

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Mar 10
Cover Reveal: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver + Excerpt

Cover Reveal: Melissa R Smith’s Touch of Silver + Excerpt

Eeek! The wait is almost over! Touch of Silver is the highly anticipated sequel to Legacy and it will be released very soon. In the meantime Melissa has given us an exclusive excerpt and of course a first look at the beautiful cover! * * * Synopsis It was supposed to be so simple for Devani Daniels. Stay away from Sanguines and the Militia would leave her alone. Knowing the inner workings of the fanatical organization, Devani should have realized that London Weinright, the division’s current leader, wouldn’t give up so easily. Now, not only is she being harassed by her Sanguine-hating co-workers, but she’s alone without her one true love, Roman, the Sanguine she pushed away to keep him safe. Despite releasing Devani from their connection, Roman has discovered… Read more »

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Mar 06
Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee

Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee

Today is Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s birthday and I decided to share my favorite poem: How Do I Love Thee?  What’s your favorite Browning poem? How Do I Love Thee? How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. I love thee to the depth and breadth and height My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight For the ends of Being and ideal Grace. I love thee to the level of every day’s Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight. I love thee freely, as men strive for Right; I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise. I love with a passion put to use In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith. I love thee with a love I seemed to lose With my lost… Read more »

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Mar 06
Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire

Book Review: Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire

The romance genre is oversaturated with billionaire plots and even though I had my doubts, Jessica Lemmon’s Tempting the Billionaire was a pleasant surprise. Crickitt Day is down on her luck and needs a job. Hoping to chase the blues away she agrees to a night out with her best friend Sadie. While at the bar Crickitt breaks down into tears as she takes stock of her life and what she’s lost. Across from Crickitt is Shane August and his cousin Aiden. Shane reluctantly agrees to go out with Aiden to help him get back into the dating scene. Aiden quickly zeroes in on Crickitt and seeing her tears assumes she’ll be easy to seduce; however, Shane takes one look at Crickitt and his heart stops. He’s interested in her… Read more »

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Mar 06
Cover Reveal: Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Cover Reveal: Rachel Harris’ A Tale of Two Centuries, Excerpt, & Giveaway

Ah, this sounds like an interesting read and I can’t wait to read it! I also really like the cover! Ready? * * * Synopsis Alessandra D’Angeli is in need of an adventure. Tired of her sixteenth-century life in Italy and homesick for her time-traveling cousin, Cat, who visited her for a magical week and dazzled her with tales of the future, Alessandra is lost. Until the stars hear her plea. One mystical spell later, Alessandra appears on Cat’s Beverly Hills doorstep five hundred years in the future. Surrounded by confusing gadgets, scary transportation, and scandalous clothing, Less is hesitant to live the life of a twenty-first century teen…until she meets the infuriating—and infuriatingly handsome—surfer Austin Michaels. Austin challenges everything she believes in…and introduces her to a world filled with… Read more »

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Mar 05
Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

Gillian Flynn Chicago Discussion of Gone Girl

I’m excited to welcome the lovely Rachelle B as today’s guest blogger! She was kind enough to attend Gillian Flynn’s discussion and book signing in Chicago. If you’re wondering, I’m the friend who sent the book. On 2/13/13 I had the opportunity to hear Gillian Flynn speak at the Harold Washington Library. I had never read anything by this author, but a friend of mine in New Mexico is a huge fan, so I figured I’d check her out. My friend ended up sending me a copy of Flynn’s newest book, Gone Girl, so I definitely had to go now. I’m so glad I did. Flynn is an entertaining and inspirational person. When asked when her interest in writing ‘darker’ books began, she told us that her very first short… Read more »

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Mar 05
Books Everyone Else Read While I was Under a Rock

Books Everyone Else Read While I was Under a Rock

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish …or reading something else. This week’s topic is: book series I’d like to start, but haven’t yet. My goal is to read the first book in each of the series listed below by the end of the year. Someone check in and remind me in July if I’ve done it yet. What book series are you wanting to try? In no particular order: 01: Harry Potter series by JK Rowling: I remember seeing the first HP book at a local bookstore and I was interested, but never got around to it. Then it became popular and it just didn’t appeal to me. 02: If I Stay series by Gayle Forman: A friend of mine said if I was interested in reading Forman to… Read more »

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Mar 04
Book Review: Ashlyn Macnamara’s A Most Scandalous Proposal

Book Review: Ashlyn Macnamara’s A Most Scandalous Proposal

Julia St. Claire doesn’t believe in falling in love because nothing good can come of it. She’s witnessed firsthand the heartache and destruction that accompanies unrequited love. Her sister, Sophia, on the other hand, has spent the past five years pining for Earl of Clivesden, but he only has eyes for one of the St. Claire sisters. When Benedict Revelstoke, a long time friend of the St. Claire family, learns of Clivesden’s true intentions towards Julia, Benedict makes every effort to keep her away from Clivesden and in the process discovers that he loves her. Julia rejects Benedict until she’s betrayed by her father and suddenly she makes him an offer he can’t refuse. The story is interesting, but lacks in depth characterization. Julia is a bit one sided and… Read more »

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Mar 04

Postscript: February 2013

February was an amazing month for Literary, etc! Thank you to everyone who made it possible. Lauren and I decided to do a monthly wrap up post to help both current and new followers. Instead of having to scroll the archives (well you can) to find exactly the post you wanted to read or are new to blog, we hope having a recap will be useful. News and Features Book Blogger Twitter Con: Nomination and how to vote Auto-buy Lists: Authors who could start selling junk & I’d buy it Favorite Romances: He Loves, He Loves Me Not Bookish Memories: Fangirl Memories Cover Reveals J. Lynn’s Wait For You Guest Review Derick Upton: Valentine’s Day – Myth, Mystery or Money Making Machine Author & Book Spotlights Rebecca Reid Alan Cupp… Read more »

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