Nov 21
One Liners: Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder

One Liners: Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder

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 Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation… Read more »

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Nov 17
Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken Blitz + Giveaway

Sarah MacLean’s Rogue Not Taken Blitz + Giveaway

I’m really excited about Sarah MacLean’s upcoming release, The Rouge Not Taken. MacLean is sharing annotations of a map, specially made for her series. Plus anyone who orders a signed, print copy of the book from WORD Bookstores will get a gorgeous printed copy of the map! I also have an excerpt. Title: The Rouge Not Taken Author: Sarah MacLean Release Date: December 29, 2015 Series: Scandal & Scoundrel #1 Publisher: Avon Genre: Historical Romance Synopsis: Lady Sophie’s Society Splash When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately,… Read more »

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Nov 16
Shelfie Hop: Showing You Mine

Shelfie Hop: Showing You Mine

I’m really excited to participate in the #TheShelfieHop! Hosted by Kristen @ My Friends Are Fiction and Crystal @ Bookiemoji Okay everyone…my shelves are a bit um in disarray because I’ve recently lost major shelf space. Yes, my bookish friends you read that correctly. In May we had a major pipe burst under the foundation in my bedroom so most of my room was cleared. Then when I moved in back in, I acquired a queen bed (ugh disregard the mirror headboard-it’s my parents old bedroom set. Here I thought, I was going to get the new bed set in the guest bedroom, but no) and lost shelf and desk space. So what is a book lover to do? I had to really consider what books I wanted near me… Read more »

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Nov 14
One Liners: Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

One Liners: Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina

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 Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina…. Read more »

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Nov 11
Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

Celebrating a Life: Kaos the Cat

On Monday, November 02, 2015 we had to put our oldest cat, Kaos to sleep. He was about 13/14 years old and came into our life as a wrecking ball. At the time, our only cat Kitty, was an outdoor cat and every evening, I’d go out to the front and call her, “Kitty! Here Kitty, kitty, kitty.” Sometimes she’d come right away and other times we’d go inside and then come back for a second round of calling. That night, my sister and I called for her and we heard meowing but she wasn’t around. Then all of sudden this little white ball of fur came running out of the bushes and we go into the house screaming! He was named after two members of boybands: Lance Bass from… Read more »

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Nov 10
If We Were Having Lunch: First Edition

If We Were Having Lunch: First Edition

Jaime at The Perpetual Page-Turner was inspired by a post written by Ashley (Your Super Awesome Life). Her post, If We were Having Coffee, is a great way to interact with others and share what’s going on in one’s life. If we were having lunch, I’d tell you-my heart hurts for my city. In the course of a week, a beautiful 4 year old girl, Lily Garcia, was shot dead in a road rage incident and a dedicated police officer was shot while conducting a routine traffic stop. That officer, Daniel Webster, was a former Army paratrooper and nine-year veteran of the Albuquerque Police Department. And my heart hurts. In a city where we’ve had a lot of police involved shootings and the city paying out thousands to victims, it… Read more »

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Nov 09
Dear Secret Sister #5

Dear Secret Sister #5

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. Dear Secret Sister: I did this last round with my then Secret Sis and had planned on doing it again, but as you know life gets in the way. I wanted to thank you for the thoughtful packages! I love the hints you’ve included as to your identity and admit, I have NO IDEA who you are! August’s package was awesome! The funny thing… Read more »

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Oct 26
Cover Reveal: Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides Series

Cover Reveal: Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides Series

I’m really excited about the relaunch of Christina Dodd’s Governess Brides series! I read the first two books a few years ago and really enjoyed them! The new covers are part of the Avon “Encore” program – they take the “gems and jewels” of their collection, and give them new cover art, and launch them back into the marketplace. * * * Rules of Surrender on sale October 27, 2015 The Rules of Employment for The Distinguished Academy of Governesses: Always remember your station. Be sure to maintain a disciplined schoolroom. And never, ever become too familiar with the master of the house… Lady Charlotte Dalrumple is known as England’s most proper governess, a woman who has never taken a misstep socially–or romantically. On the surface, she seems perfectly suited… Read more »

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Oct 10
Blog Friends Forever Blog Hop: Random Acts of Kindness + Giveaway

Blog Friends Forever Blog Hop: Random Acts of Kindness + Giveaway

I’m really excited to be taking part in the Blog Friends Forever Tour hosted by the wonderful ladies of Fiction Fare and Swoony Boys Podcast! The idea behind the blog hop was to spread blogger love and showcase the awesome bookish community. The best part of the blog hop? Each participant has a different topic and I’m loving how unique everyone’s responses has been. You can check out the full participation schedule here. And, Jana over That Artsy Reader Girl interviewed me for the blog hop and she’s giving away a book from your own wish list! I’m about to get personal…when I was a child, I struggled with reading. A large part of it was because I spoke English in the house and my mom, who spoke Spanish went… Read more »

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Sep 04
Blog Tour: Review-Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot + Giveaway

Blog Tour: Review-Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot + Giveaway

I have a confession…I’ve never read a Tessa Dare book until a few months ago. I was gifted a copy of Romancing the Duke and read it one sitting! I really enjoyed it and when the opportunity came to participate in the blog tour for Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot, I couldn’t say no! When a Scot Ties the Knot is the third in her Castles Ever After series and if you haven’t read the first two, it’s not necessary to enjoy When a Scot Ties the Knot. We have really good character development. Madeline Gracechurch is desperate to avoid a London Season and does the unthinkable: she invents a suitor and quickly announces their engagement. Maddie is so likeable and you can easily imagine being friends with… Read more »

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Sep 04
Excerpt: Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot

Excerpt: Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot

As part of the blog tour, I have an excerpt of Tessa Dare’s When a Scot Ties the Knot. Enjoy! Synopsis: On the cusp of her first London season, Miss Madeline Gracechurch was shy, pretty and talented with a drawing pencil, but hopelessly awkward with gentlemen. She was certain to be a dismal failure on the London marriage mart. So Maddie did what generations of shy, awkward young ladies have done: she invented a sweetheart. A Scottish sweetheart. One who was handsome and honorable and devoted to her, but conveniently never around. Maddie poured her heart into writing the imaginary Captain MacKenzie letter after letter … and by pretending to be devastated when he was (not really) killed in battle, she managed to avoid the pressures of London society entirely…. Read more »

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Aug 21
Dear Secret Sister #4 (And I know who you are!)

Dear Secret Sister #4 (And I know who you are!)

#OTSPSECRETSISTER is hosted by On the Same Page. It’s a six month “Secret Santa” type of set up, but instead of focusing on gifts, it’s a cheer club. Everyone is paired up and throughout the round, cards, little gifts, and cheer are sent. For more information about the set up and how to join the next round, see this post over at The Book Addicts Guide. . Dear Secret Sister: This post is a long time coming and I finally know who you are (and you dear readers will know too at the bottom of this post). I’m so excited to tell the world and words can’t express how thoughtful you are! Secret Sis decided to say hello and sent Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare! I’ve never read Dare… Read more »

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