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Mar 01

Book Blogger Twitter Con

Hi everyone! Literary, etc has been nominated in the The Best Noob category for the first annual Book Blogger Twitter Conference hosted by Parajunkee and Bookish Brunette. If you have a few seconds to spare, I’d really appreciate a vote. Voting for the first round closes March 8th and then round two goes up shortly afterwards. Please VOTE HERE. If Lit, etc doesn’t make it past the first round, it is okay. I’m honored to be nominated and to the person who nominated Lit, etc: THANK YOU! <3

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Feb 28
Feature & Follow #3: My Newbie Blogger Sins

Feature & Follow #3: My Newbie Blogger Sins

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers. You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, Networked Blogs, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: Confess your blogger sins! Is there anything as a newbie blogger that you’ve done, that as you gained more experience you were like — oops? A great question and I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s responses. Mine would have to be writing a review weeks AFTER I finished reading the book. I still do that and I have notes everywhere, but waiting that long makes you lose some of the magic… Read more »

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Feb 28
Book Review: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Lord of Darkness

Book Review: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Lord of Darkness

Elizabeth Hoyt’s Lord of Darkness is the fifth book in her Maiden Lane series. For those not familiar with this particular series, Lord of Darkness can be read as a standalone if you don’t mind the back-story she fills in. Otherwise I recommend starting with the first book, Wicked Intentions. Godric St. John still grieves for the loss of his wife Clara. He decides to live the rest of his life as a widower and devoted to her memory; however, that changes when Griffin Reading blackmails him into marrying his sister Margaret. Margaret reluctantly agrees to the marriage when she finds out her fiancé has been murdered and fears what her family might do when they find out she’s expecting a child. Knowing Margaret will never want a real marriage… Read more »

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Feb 27
Cover Reveal: J. Lynn’s Wait For You

Cover Reveal: J. Lynn’s Wait For You

What do early readers have to say about WAIT FOR YOU? J. Lynn creates a wonderful cast of characters that will make you laugh, swoon, and cry. Cam stole my heart. – Cora Carmack, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of LOSING IT For the love of all that is Cameron without a shirt on! Wait for You will have you laughing out loud, fanning yourself and anxiously waiting to know what will happen next. – Molly McAdams, NYTimes and USA TODAY Bestselling Author of FROM ASHES and TAKING CHANCES I don’t think I have ever read a NA Contemporary novel with as much depth as this one. It really moved me and by the end I was just speechless over how inspirational and uplifting it was as well as… Read more »

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Feb 27
Interview: Melissa R. Smith

Interview: Melissa R. Smith

I’m really excited for everyone to know a little more about Melissa R. Smith and her Sanguine series. If you’re a fan of the paranormal genre, I recommend her books. If you’re just starting to dip your toes into the genre, I think she’d be a good author to begin with. Q. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself other than the standard bio on your website? A. One of my favorite places in the world is at the beach and would spend all my summer there, if I could. I also enjoy learning about European history. Not just reading dates and places, but the culture itself is fascinating, anything to do with clothing, etiquette, the class system. Q. What drew you to write about the paranormal? A…. Read more »

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Feb 26
Authors who could start selling junk and I’d buy it

Authors who could start selling junk and I’d buy it

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish > This week’s topic is: authors on our auto-buy list. I don’t buy very many books, even from authors I’ve enjoyed in the past. Usually, I’ll just borrow those books, but I do have my favorites that I’ll buy ASAP. So if in the end, they decide to sell junk, I’ll buy it. In no particular order: 01. Charles Finch – I love the way he writes! I think someone on Amazon said they’d read anything including his grocery list and I agree. I love his Lenox series because Finch makes it possible for me to revisit and still read like it’s the first time. He has a contemporary novel coming out later in the year / early next year and I’m already… Read more »

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Feb 25
Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

Book Review: LynDee Walker’s Front Page Fatality

Richmond Telegraph crime reporter, Nichelle Clark, dreams of working for The Washington Post, however; she has yet to make an impression on them. Steadily working her beat, she’s never far from her police scanner in hopes of chasing the story that will give her the break she needs. When a drug dealer is found murdered, police are quick to assume it was a vigilante behind it, but nothing about the crime scene makes sense. Nichelle’s given a key piece of evidence and begins some overwhelming research, only to realize that everything is not what it seems to be. Nichelle has a good reason to suspect everyone around her. Bob, her boss, takes her under his wing encouraging her to be cautious with whom she trusts. When fellow reporter, Grant Parker,… Read more »

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Feb 24

Sims’ By Summer Seas

I picked Charles Sims because I love the brush strokes and the pink in the woman’s dress. I can almost feel the spring / summer breeze. Your thoughts? Charles Sims (1873-1928) – By Summer Seas Oil on canvas

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Feb 21
Feature & Follow #2: Books I’ve Given People

Feature & Follow #2: Books I’ve Given People

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly blog hop hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. It’s a fun way to find other blogs and meet new bloggers. You can follow Lit, etc via Twitter, Facebook, or subscribe to the blog via email. Please let me know if you’re a new follower and I’ll follow back. Q: We always talk about books that WE want. Let’s turn it on its head. What books have you given other people lately? Oh dear…lately I’ve been giving out 2 particular books.  The first is Heartsick by Chelsea Cain.  If I see “mystery / thrillers” listed in their preferences, this is my go to book.  Why?  Jackie Collins recently said it best, “there is one female crime writer that I cannot get enough of,… Read more »

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Feb 21
Book Review: Alan Cupp’s Malicious Masquerade

Book Review: Alan Cupp’s Malicious Masquerade

Where is Tyler Moore? That’s the question Alan Cupp has us asking in Malicious Masquerade. When Jasper Bedford’s daughter, Cindy, is jilted at the altar, Jasper begins to wonder if something may have happened to Tyler. Jasper quickly assembles a search team and the results surprise him, yet yield little information as to Tyler’s whereabouts. Unbeknownst to Jasper, Cindy hires a private investigator to find Tyler because she believes something must have happened to him. Jasper tries to convince Cindy of the truth: Tyler used her for monetary gain; despite showing her evidence of his guilt, she doesn’t believe it. When she meets with Carter Mays, the Chicago PI she hires, she’s convinced he can find Tyler within days and Carter is unsure if he wants to take this case…. Read more »

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Feb 20
Book Review: Melissa R Smith’s Legacy

Book Review: Melissa R Smith’s Legacy

Melissa R Smith’s Legacy is the second book in the Sanguine series and it is part one of a two part series. It is very much a standalone book and if you haven’t read Six Hours to Sunrise, you won’t be left trying to backtrack since Legacy introduces a new set of characters and takes places in a different location. Six Hours to Sunrise addresses the issue of Sanguines living among us and what it’s like to grow up unaware of them. Legacy touches on the relationships between the Militia and Sanguine. The Militia are a self governed group of humans who make it their business to make sure Sanguines honor the Lossbridge Treaty. The treaty outlines what Sanguines can and cannot do, which some Sanguines oppose, but only because… Read more »

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