Feb 05
Fangirl Bookish Memories

Fangirl Bookish Memories

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish This week’s topic is bookish memories. This can be anything from waiting in line for a book release to meeting an author to finding an out of print book. What are your memories? 10. Fairy tales! When I was little, they were my go to reading choices even though I couldn’t associate with wanting to live happily ever after. What drew me to them was Europe and for a little girl growing up outside El Paso, Texas, trust me Europe seemed amazing. I couldn’t wait to grow up so I could go see where Cinderella lived and company. :sigh: My four-year- old self still insists I didn’t try hard enough to find Snow White when I was living abroad. 09. Winning the golden… Read more »

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Feb 04
Interview: Tom Barry

Interview: Tom Barry

Syndicated interview with Tom Barry, author of When the Siren Calls. Permission granted by Tom Barry to repost this interview. For more information please visit his website. Q: After a long career at the top of your profession, what prompted you to write a novel? My original plan was to write a business book that distilled down everything I’d learnt about selling over 20 years in the corporate world. But when the opportunity came, I decided that, if I were to be a writer, I’d rather entertain my readers than lecture them! Much more fascinating, it seemed to me, to embody everything I knew about persuasion in a fictional character, in a master persuader. Q: So, your business career was key to being able to write this story? Yes. People… Read more »

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Feb 03
Spotlight: Author Tom Barry

Spotlight: Author Tom Barry

Synopsis: When the Siren Calls: story of seduction, deception and betrayal… When restless and neglected Isobel is invited to an idyllic Tuscan retreat owned by the suave and streetwise Jay, she imagines a life of excitement outside her stagnant marriage. Despite fear and guilt, she abandons herself in a passionate love affair, but is soon trapped in a web of feminine manipulation, business intrigue, and ruthless ambition, while controlling Jay encourages conservative Isobel to push beyond her sexual boundaries. But all is not as it seems in the hilltop paradise and as her lover battles for survival, she finds herself a player in a dangerous love triangle. Unable to know who she can trust, she must fight to control both her own cravings and to save what little of herself… Read more »

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Feb 03
Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Vampire Valentine

Book Review: Amy Maurer Jones’ Vampire Valentine

A vampire, werewolf, and a witch walk into a high school…no this isn’t the start of a joke, but the characters in Amy Maurer Jones’ paranormal comedy short. Vampire Valentine is about three misfit supernatural beings who happen to be best friends. Our vampire is Rhapsody Ripper who has crooked fangs and wears braces. Hardy Hunter is a werewolf and is on the football team. He’s protective of Rhapsody and there might be little more to their friendship, but Jones doesn’t expand on this (I believe Hardy is secretly in love with her). Finally, we have Samantha Spell, Rhapsody’s best friend, who happens to be a witch, but she’s still learning to cast spells. So what happens when Rhapsody gets asked to the Valentine’s Day dance by the star footballer?… Read more »

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Jan 31
Book Review: Kat Rosenfield’s Amelia Anne is Dead & Gone

Book Review: Kat Rosenfield’s Amelia Anne is Dead & Gone

Those of us who grew up in a small town can relate to the feeling of watching your peers leave full of hope and then returning, finding themselves trapped with no way out. On the night of her high school graduation, Becca Williams is dumped by her boyfriend James. She doesn’t know while she was left heartbroken, another woman, Amelia Ann Richardson, took her last breath. In many ways Becca fears being trapped in Bridgeton and in the end Amelia Anne is forever stuck there. As far as character development goes, there’s not much there. I learned more about Amelia Anne from herself than those around her. In terms of our main character, Becca, I could relate to her and the dread of knowing she might never leave the town… Read more »

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Jan 29
Top Ten Irritating Characters

Top Ten Irritating Characters

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish I’ve been wanting to participate in Top Ten Tuesday for awhile, but things kept getting the way. I had some free time on Monday and began to really think about my list. In no particular order: 01. Ashley Wilkes (Gone With the Wind): I could never understand why Scarlett was in love with him and how in the world Melanie could be with him. He was weak and too much of a dreamer. How did he survive the war if he hated it and the idea of it? He also leads Scarlett on by telling her he returns her feelings and yet he doesn’t. I only wish Scarlett had realized her feelings for Rhett early on so I wouldn’t have to read pages… Read more »

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Jan 28
An Open Letter to Jane Austen

An Open Letter to Jane Austen

Alyssa Goodnight and Stiletto Storytime teamed up to host a Pride & Prejudice 200th Anniversary Party Hop. There are over 70 blogs participating and I encourage everyone to check out the participants since each post will be slightly different and a few are hosting giveaways as well! How do you plan to celebrate the occasion? Dear Jane: Congratulations! Today marks 200 years of Pride and Prejudice‘s publication. 200 years in which girls have fallen in love with Darcy and wishing we had our own. Generations of women have formed friendships because of their love for the book. Mothers and daughters bond over discussions and of course seeing the adaptations. One cannot forget the first time we read Pride and Prejudice nor can we forget our very first screen Darcy (mine… Read more »

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Jan 27
Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Earl Claims His Wife

Book Review: Cathy Maxwell’s The Earl Claims His Wife

I like Cathy Maxwell and it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a book of hers. The Earl Claims His Wife is book 2 in her Scandals and Seductions series. I haven’t read the first book and don’t see a problem reading the series out of order; however, if you’re the type that doesn’t like to be spoiled then start with book 1 (A Seduction at Christmas). I should start out by saying that I enjoy the abandoned wife plot in historical romance. Maxwell does a good job with a simple plot. After spending four years under Wellington’s command and fighting Napoleon, Brian, the Earl of Wright, returns to London; reluctantly he honors his father’s demands of returning and only because his two older brothers are now dead. Upon returning… Read more »

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Jan 25
Robert Burns’ A Fond Kiss

Robert Burns’ A Fond Kiss

I attended my first Burns Supper in 2008 and it feels like it was yesterday. I was among three dozen international students and you could quickly tell us apart from our Scottish counterparts because we wide eyed and nervous; we had no idea what to anticipate. My good friend, Ewan, said I had nothing to worry about, but I was dreading tasting haggis. In the end, haggis wasn’t so bad and it was a wonderful evening that ended in a ceilidh. My Burns night plans fell through, but I’m still having a dram of whiskey later tonight. In honor of Robert Burns’ birthday, here’s the poem I would have read tonight. A Fond Kiss A fond kiss, and then we sever; A farewell, and then forever! Deep in heart-wrung tears… Read more »

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Jan 24
Book Review: Wendy Vella’s The Reluctant Countess

Book Review: Wendy Vella’s The Reluctant Countess

I’m not sure what to say about Wendy Vella’s The Reluctant Countess. From the synopsis it’s publicized as a Cinderella type plot and it has aspects of it, but Vella just falls short. As for character development, there are some issues. The main problem for me is the villain. He’s introduced as hating Sophie and wanting to find out the truth behind her marriage to the late earl. Villains, especially those in a Regency romance do tend to be dastardly, but this one just was meek. A lot of things just don’t make sense. If the earl was dying and as the earl’s heir, wouldn’t he be there to protect his claim especially if there was talk of the earl’s apparent marriage? Speaking of marriage…Sophie married the earl on his… Read more »

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Jan 23
Channel Surfing: Thoughts on Fox’s The Following

Channel Surfing: Thoughts on Fox’s The Following

When I first heard James Purefoy passed on Game of Thrones to star in Fox’s The Following, I thought he was crazy. I absolutely adore Purefoy as an actor and I never pass up an opportunity to see anything he’s in. I was unsure about The Following because of the premise, but the fact that Kevin Williamson is involved as the creator and a producer, I was willing to put away doubts and give it a chance. Premise: A brilliant and charismatic, yet psychotic serial killer communicates with other active serial killers and activates a cult of believers following his every command. If you’ve seen any of the Scream films, well the first two since they were written by Williamson, then you know his work and there’s no doubt The… Read more »

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