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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Feb 19
Spotlight: Author Alan Cupp

Spotlight: Author Alan Cupp

Today I’m happy to spotlight author Alan Cupp! His upcoming release is Malicious Masquerade and hopefully you’ll check it out! Title: Malicious Masquerade Author: Alan Cupp Genre: Mystery Publication Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: Henery Press Synopsis: Chicago PI Carter Mays is thrust into a perilous masquerade when local rich girl Cindy Bedford hires him. Turns out her fiancé failed to show up on their wedding day, the same day millions of dollars are stolen from her father’s company. While Carter takes the case, Cindy’s father tries to find him his own way. With nasty secrets, hidden finances, and a trail of revenge, it’s soon apparent no one is who they say they are. Carter searches for the truth, but the situation grows more volatile as panic collides with vulnerability…. Read more »

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Feb 18
Spotlight: Melissa R Smith’s Sanguine Series

Spotlight: Melissa R Smith’s Sanguine Series

I’m happy to introduce to you all to the Sanguine world created by Melissa R Smith! I’ve had a lot of fun reading this series and I hope you it will interest you. Six Hours to Sunrise After being told by her unconventional preacher father that she has to marry a man she’s never met, Madeline Stevens checks herself into a hotel room, determined to end her suffering. Little did she know, a glance at an ad in the hotel’s phone book would lead her to a mysterious man named Reece and the beginning of six hours she would never forget. There is one problem. Reece Summerall is no ordinary man. A Sanguine who’s existed for over a hundred years, he never thought it was possible to find a companion… Read more »

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Feb 18
Book Review: Dara England’s Death on Dartmoor

Book Review: Dara England’s Death on Dartmoor

When American Heiress, Millicent Wright, travels to Devonshire, England to become better acquainted with Sir Oliver Longbourne, she has no idea she’ll be the heroine at the center of her own gothic novel. Her mother, on the other hand, wants Millicent married and who better than an English titled husband? Millicent is reluctant because she knows there’s only one reason why Longbourne would want to marry her: she’s an heiress and it’s apparent he needs the money. In the late 19th century, cash strapped English aristocrats married American heiresses, who were part of the nouveau riche, in exchange for a title that would earn them a place in high society. Millicent is aware of Longbourne’s interest as well as everyone present at Buckfast Hall, Longbourne’s estate. When Longbourne is murdered… Read more »

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Feb 17
Spotlight: Author Rebecca Reid

Spotlight: Author Rebecca Reid

Synopsis: Enter The Coop, a dark and misleading psychological thriller about the destruction of innocence. A girl, apparently imprisoned in a room, is the thread of mystery running parallel to the tale of Thatchbury village. Meet Howard and Lilly. They take you on a journey through Thatchbury where Mathew, the child from the coop, shoots Jodie Tiding, and so unravels the history of his loveless raising, her innocence and the dramatic events leading them to disaster. The Coop is a darkly compelling vision of the layers of consciousness. Although conceived as the first novel in a trilogy, The Coop stands alone as a brilliant individual work of fiction About Rebecca Rebecca Reid was withdrawn from school due to illness at fourteen. Being limited in the things she was able to… Read more »

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Feb 15
Film Friday: A League of Their Own

Film Friday: A League of Their Own

Have you ever been surprised to find out a film was based on a book? Film Friday is a weekly feature that spotlights films that were adapted from books. One of my favorite films growing up was A League of Their Own. It stars Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty. The film is a fictionalized account of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League. The league operated from 1943 to 1954. Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis played 10 seasons with the league and was the inspiration for the character portrayed by Geena Davis in the 1992 film. Ms. Paire-Davis died earlier this month at the age of 88. Davis, who was known as Pepper Paire in her playing days, entered the league in 1944, the year after it… Read more »

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