Jan 18
One Liners: Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity Rainbow

One Liners: Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity Rainbow

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 Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity Rainbow… Read more »

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Jan 15
Cover Reveal: Molly McAdams’ Trusting Liam & Changing Everything

Cover Reveal: Molly McAdams’ Trusting Liam & Changing Everything

We have a double header for today’s cover reveal! Both of them are for Molly McAdams’ upcoming releases: Trusting Liam and Changing Everything. I personally can’t wait for Changing Everything. What about you? * * * Title:Trusting Liam Author: Molly McAdams Publication date: June 04, 2015 Series: Taking Chances #2 Genre: Contemporary Romance Synopsis: When Kennedy Ryan moves to California, she never expects to come face-to-face with Liam Taylor-the intriguing man she hasn’t been able to forget. Somehow Liam managed to get Kennedy to let down her guard for a single night of passion that ended up meaning more than it was ever supposed to. Accustomed to disastrous experiences with men, Kennedy shields herself before he can break down more of the carefully built control she’s clung to for the… Read more »

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Jan 13
Blog Tour: Review-Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy + Giveaway

I love reunited lovers plots and can’t say no to anything involving spies especially in historical romance. When the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, I couldn’t say no! Besides I’m always looking for new historical romance authors to read and Kelly has been on my radar, but I haven’t had a chance to read anything she’s written. We have good character development and Kelly spends an equal amount of time with each of her characters so we get to know them really well. Evie Whitney is quiet and always gets in trouble despite not causing it. It was pretty easy to understand which twin her mother prefers (Evie’s twin is Eden and she’s rambunctious and… Read more »

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Jan 13
Excerpt: Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy

Excerpt: Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy. Enjoy! Synopsis: Whether as spies or lovers, the Renegade Royals—illegitimate sons of England’s Royal Princes—are bold, skillful, and a force to be reckoned with… A war hero returned from Waterloo should be able to indulge in a bit of bad behavior. Instead, Captain William Endicott is summoned by his father, the Duke of York, to investigate an assassination plot. The unlikely suspect: William’s former sweetheart. Will can’t believe that innocent Evie Whitney could be mixed up in anything so nefarious. Then again, almost everything about Evie has changed—except for his body’s instinctive response to hers… Just as Evie’s life is finally coming together, Will saunters back into it…. Read more »

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Jan 12
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline

Nichelle Clarke is back and once again deep into an investigation. This time she’s covering the horrific death of a young homeless girl. If you haven’t read any books in the Headlines in High Heels series, don’t fret. It’s not necessary to enjoy LynDee Walker’s Devil in the Deadline, but I do suggest reading the backlist or at least the first in the series so you understand who’s who and what relationships they are. We continue to have good character development. I personally enjoyed getting to know more about Nichelle’s background and liked that parts of her past had some connections to her current investigation. Most characters from the previous novels make an appearance although I missed the interactions with Parker. I’ll admit, I was surprised to see Shelby’s personal… Read more »

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Jan 05
Culling Your Bookshelf: PaperbackSwap

Culling Your Bookshelf: PaperbackSwap

*There’s an update to the post below* Have you ever bought or been given a book that after reading just didn’t want to keep? There are several options available to make room on your shelf for the books you want. Today, I want to talk about PaperbackSwap.com. PaperbackSwap is free and doesn’t cost you anything to request (other than credits), but it does cost you to send books (just the postage). So basically for each book you send and the requester receives it, you’ll get 1 credit. When you request, the sender in turns pays for postage and when you receive it, mark it received so the sender can get their credit! You pay postage for each book that has been requested from you and media mail is used. I… Read more »

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Jan 02

Postscript: November / December 2014

Happy New Year! I hope 2015 if an amazing year for all of you! As many of you know, my grandmother passed away in December and it’s been slow going. The tinkle in my dad’s eyes have dimmed, but overall we’re doing okay. It’s been a lovely time for reflection and it’s also been a time where the real intentions of people come out. I wrote about my grandmother and how she affected us here. So what’s next for the upcoming year? I’m super excited about 2015 because my sister graduates university (huzzah!) and I’m hoping this is the year I finally get back on track on working out. Blog wise-I’m really excited to get back into the swing of things. Here’s what you may have missed during the months… Read more »

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Jan 01
End of Year Book Survey: 2014

End of Year Book Survey: 2014

Jamie over at The Perpetual Page Turner hosts a yearly book survey. I planned on participating last year, but with a little over 150 books to chose from, it was daunting and decided not to. I decided to participate for 2014 and realized that I do wish I had over 100 books to chose from! Number Of Books You Read: According to Goodreads, 52 books. Which is a lot lower compared to last year’s (which was 161 read), but then again until December of last year, I was unemployed. I’m happy with the 52 read plus I have a little over a dozen books where I started and stopped. Number of Re-Reads: 4. So if I factor that in, then it’s 56 read. Genre You Read The Most From: Mystery… Read more »

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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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