30 May 2014

BLOG TOUR- REVIEW- GIVEAWAY- ON THE ROCKS- ERIN DUFFY

ABOUT THE BOOK:

A heartwarming novel about friendship, family, and finding love in the Facebook Age-the perils, pitfalls, and dubious pleasures of being a modern young single woman-from Erin Duffy, the author of Bond Girl

Six months ago, Abby's life fell apart for all the world to see. Her longtime boyfriend-turned-fiancé, Ben, unceremoniously dumped her-on Facebook-while she was trying on dresses for the big day.

When the usual remedies-pints of Ben & Jerry's, sweatpants, and a comfy couch-fail to work their magic, her best friend, Grace, devises a plan to get Abby back on her game. She and Abby are going to spend the summer in Newport, in a quaint cottage by the sea, enjoying cool breezes, cocktails, and a crowd of gorgeous men.

But no matter how far away they go, Abby and Grace discover that in the era of social media-when everyone is preserving every little detail of their lives online-there is no real escape. Dating has never been easy. But now that the rules are more blurred than ever, how will they find true love? And even if they do, can romance stand a chance when a girl's every word and move can go viral with a single click?



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Erin Duffy graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a B.A. in English and worked as a trader on Wall Street, a career that inspired her first book, Bond Girl. She lives in New York City.


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MY REVIEW:

I had just started this book, and was pages into it before I put it down....in order to track down Ms. Duffy's previous book.

On the Rocks was on my radar even before I was able to participate in this Tour (so glad to be a part of it).

On the Rocks is so good you will want to read it in one sitting.

Reading almost like a book of comedic essays,  On the Rocks was FUN! 

Ms. Duffy writes in such an engaging manner it was almost as if I was sitting right there hanging out with Abby and her friends. 

I was utterly charmed by this book and found myself laughing and nodding my head in agreement with some of Abby's situations. 

This book is not a ROMANCE, so don't expect a HEA in that regard per se. 

Ms. Duffy is now on my auto-buy list. So if you are looking for a fun but thoughtful beach- read , On the Rocks is the way to go.




29 May 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: IT'S A VAMP THING




Vampire. Dracula. Nosferatu. Vampyre. Bloodsucker.

Okay.

You get the hint. 

Today we are talking Vamps.

Welcome back to another Book Club Thursdays.

So, the question is, in your books, how do you like your vampires?

Traditional? Modernized? Hero/Heroine? Hybrid?

With the glut of paranormal books out there, many times you'll find at least one of the characters to be a vamp of some sort.

I'm good with how the author wants to develop their vamp(s). And i love it when they are the hero/heroine. Also fresh explanations and mythology around them can be fun and exciting to read. Throw in humor and sex and I'm sold! 

So how about it?

Do you prefer an old school vampire ( no sunshine, blood only, no reflection, mind control, bat turning, fear of crosses, etc) OR can your vamp handle some rays, still need blood  but can eat and or drink in limited amounts,etc)?

I'd love to hear your thoughts and hear about some of your favorite vampire themed books.

Ask me about my favorites and I'll share!

Happy Reading!

Return next Thursday-5Jun14 for another GIVEAWAY - featuring goodies from SUSAN MALLERY, including a signed copy of When We Met. Sorry but the contest is open to US Residents only.

And don't forget to check out what my best friends had to say about vampires by visiting:

ANN@ROMANCING THE READERS

KAREN@THE MANY FACES OF ROMANCE





28 May 2014

REVIEW: WICKED AS THEY COME BY DELILAH S. DAWSON

ABOUT THE BOOK:

First in a steampunk-tinged paranormal romance series in which a woman is transported to a world filled with vampires and magic. 

When nurse Tish Everett forced open the pesky but lovely locket she found at an estate sale, she had no idea she was answering the call of Criminy Stain, from the far off land of Sang. He’d cast a spell for her, but when she’s transported right to him, she’s not so sure she’s ready to be under the spell of another man. (It didn’t go so well last time with controlling, abusive, domineering Jeff.) If only Criminy wasn’t so deliciously rakish…. 

Half the inhabitants of Sang are Pinkies—human—and the other half are Bludmen, who in Tish’s world would be called vampires. But they don’t mess with any of the bat/coffin/no sunlight nonsense. They’re rather like you and me, just more fabulous, long living, and mostly indestructible. (They're also very good kissers.) But when the evil Mayor of Manchester (formerly Bludchester) redoubles his efforts to rid Sang of the Bludmen once and for all, stealing Tish’s locket in hopes of traveling back to her world himself for reinforcements, Criminy and Tish must battle ghosts, sea monsters, wayward submarines, a secret cabal, and thundering Bludmares to get the locket back and allow Tish to return home…but has she found love with Criminy? Could she stay in Sang forever?



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MY REVIEW: 

Although I bought this book when it first came out, I kind of forgot about it until recently. 

HOW THE HELL COULD I? Look at that cover...the title! LOL

So as I was preparing to write this blog (and I do have all the others in this series and plan on reading them soon) I was bummed to learn the series is actually.... OVER!

However I have read the tidbits about Ms. Dawson's upcoming YA release and let me just say I CAN'T WAIT!

But I'm gone off topic.

Wicked as They Come (first person read) in all it's gothic dreariness is really FUN.

It's imaginative and captivating with the world building(I'd visit Sang) and cast of characters (stay away from the Bludbunnies even if they do sound a bit cute).

It's a descriptive meaty read, and almost a bit slow- but that only adds to the tone and added to my enjoyment of the book. 











27 May 2014

REVIEW: MY LIFE AS A WHITE TRASH ZOMBIE BY DIANA ROWLAND

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Book 1 of the White Trash Zombie Series
Angel Crawford is a loser
Living with her alcoholic deadbeat dad in the swamps of southern Louisiana, she's a high school dropout with a pill habit and a criminal record who's been fired from more crap jobs than she can count. Now on probation for a felony, it seems that Angel will never pull herself out of the downward spiral her life has taken.
That is, until the day she wakes up in the ER after overdosing on painkillers. Angel remembers being in an horrible car crash, but she doesn't have a mark on her. To add to the weirdness, she receives an anonymous letter telling her there's a job waiting for her at the parish morgue--and that it's an offer she doesn't dare refuse.
Before she knows it she's dealing with a huge crush on a certain hunky deputy and a brand new addiction: an overpowering craving for brains. Plus, her morgue is filling up with the victims of a serial killer who decapitates his prey--just when she's hungriest!
Angel's going to have to grow up fast if she wants to keep this job and stay in one piece. Because if she doesn't, she's dead meat.
Literally.

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MY REVIEW: 
This book has been out for quite some time. There are currently two others also available in the series AND another one is due out soon(thus prompting my review).
This book is pure fun. Pardon the zombie joke but I wanted to gobble it up in one sitting!
You can't help but like Angel from the get go and root for her as the story progresses. 
I'd classify this as Urban Fantasy with a dash of mystery and hint of budding romance.
A quick read, it's filled with interesting tidbits concerning Angel's job in the morgue.  
If you've read and loved Mark Henry's Amanda Feral (zombie series) books, then you'll enjoy this one. 





26 May 2014

REVIEW: UNMASKING JULIET BY TERI WILSON



ABOUT THE BOOK: 


Ever since she was a little girl learning to make decadent truffles in her family's chocolate shop, Juliet Arabella has been aware of the bitter feud between the Arabellas and the Mezzanottes. With their rival chocolate boutiques on the same street in Napa Valley, these families never mix. Until one night, when Juliet anonymously attends the annual masquerade ball. In a moonlit vineyard, she finds herself falling for a gorgeous stranger, a man who reminds her what passion is like outside of the kitchen. But her bliss is short-lived when she discovers her masked prince is actually Leo Mezzanotte, newly returned from Paris and the heir to her archenemy's confection dynasty. 

With her mind in a whirl, Juliet leaves for Italy to represent the Arabellas in a prestigious chocolate competition. The prize money will help her family's struggling business, and Juliet figures it's a perfect opportunity to forget Leo…only to find him already there and gunning for victory. As they compete head-to-head, Leo and Juliet's fervent attraction boils over. But Juliet's not sure whether to trust her adversary, or give up on the sweetest love she's ever tasted….



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MY REVIEW: 

I was given an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.

If you read my prior blog review about Ms. Wilson's prior book Unleashing Mr. Darcy, you'll know I'm a huge fangirl. 

I LOVED this book just as much.

It was just as charming as beautifully written as her prior book. I was hooked and engaged with this from the start. Heart warming and filled with great characters and believable chemistry. Although the family feud is a bit over done, it doesn't lesson how magical this book truly is. 



22 May 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: CORA CARMACK GIVEAWAY

It's Thursday!


And this week we've put together some goodies we brought back from RT14 in NOLA.

This Giveaway is open to US Residents only.

Highlights from the giveaway(see above pix) include:

A copy of All Lined Up by Cora Carmack
Various Author post it notes and other promo items
A recycled material type tote
Drink Koozie
Julie Kenner promo items
1001 Dark Nights promo items



a Rafflecopter giveaway We'll also have at least TWO more giveaways in the next 90 days. So keep checking back.

And join us on the 29th when we'll be chatting about Vampires. 

Good Luck and Happy Reading!


Visit my best friend's blogs: 

Ann@Romancing the Readers

Karen@The Many Faces of Romance



15 May 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: IT'S A NOLA THING

Ciao!

And welcome to another Book Club Thursday.

This week we are talking about New Orleans themed books.

I'm going to cheat a bit and mention two. The first book, because it's one of my favorite books by this author(and I can't say for certain it's exactly all pure NOLA- it's been a long time since I've read it but it was the first book that came to my mind when I thought about what I'd pick) and the second book because it's just so damn good (and kicks off the series).

So here we go:



ABOUT THE BOOK:

As wild and mysterious as the Louisiana swamp he called home, Lucky Doucet was a dangerously attractive Cajun no woman could handle.  His solitary life left no room for the likes of elegant Serena Sheridan, but Lucky couldn't deny her desperate need to find her missing grandfather.  He would help her, but nothing more—yet once he felt the lure of the flaxen-haired beauty, an adventurer like Lucky couldn't help playing with fire.

Serena felt unnerved, aroused, and excited by the ruggedly sensual renegade whose gaze burned her with its heat, but she did not dare tangle with a rebel whose intensity was overwhelming, who claimed his heart was off limits?  Deeper and deeper they traveled into the steamy bayou, until with one electrifying kiss her resistance melted into liquid desire.  And the devilish rogue found he'd do anything to make Serena Lucky's Lady.


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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace--the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon


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Both books are worth buying. The covers above are the original covers but the books have been reprinted many times over the years with new/updated covers.

I'd love to hear what your favorite NOLA books are, or if you have any comments about my own choices.

Check out what my best  friends picked by visiting: 

Ann@ Romancing the Readers

Karen@ The Many Faces of Romance

AND RETURN NEXT WEEK - THE GIVEAWAYS BEGIN!

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08 May 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: WHAT HAPPENS AT RT, STAYS AT RT

RT....

If you don't know what those two letters stand for, you are missing out!

Ciao! Welcome to this week's Book Club Thursday. Thanks for stopping by. 

So-  

RT = Romantic Times.

Now, don't let the Romantic throw you.  

So here's a few things:

RT Book Reviews is a monthly magazine that reviews, on average,close to 300 books in each issue. Yes, most of the books are in the romance genre but Mystery/Thriller/Sci-Fi/Gen Fiction also get a share. Personally, I wish they would add a Non-Fiction section too (biographies, cook books humorous essays etc) ...maybe someday.

But I've gone off topic. 

RT (or RT Con), can also refer to Romantic Times Convention. And that is actually what I'll be blogging about below.

Each year, in a different part of of USA, readers, authors, bookseller, librarians, publishers (you get the idea) convene for HUGE get together filled with parties, workshops, panels, and um... more parties. The cost for the (approx one week) get together might seem high, but the memories, friendships you'll make, and goodies (books books and more books)are well worth it. Plus there is a HUGE author book signing where you could score a book signed by one of your favorite authors.

Trust me, there are plenty of parties and chances to eat, drink and be merry - AND while you are doing that, there's nothing like turning to the person next to you and realizing it's an author you LOVE. Like when I sat next to Sharon Sala at a luncheon and didn't realize it was her until she stood and I actually saw her name badge! Or when I pulled the Wayne and Garth "We're not worthy" move on another author(Marjorie Liu) who laughed and promptly told me she was stealing the move to use on her own favorite author(another author I later used the move on  who laughed and asked if Marjorie got the move from me. LOL).

 Although RT Con is mostly women, each year more and more male authors and attendees are popping up. Oh, and did I mention the cover models...

Now I know by the title of this blog post you might be wondering....

I've embarrassed myself more than once by having total FAN GIRL reactions(see above), and I've paid for a dance( NOT THAT KIND .... LOL) with a cover model to raise money for charity but all in all I behave. 

That may change this year..... it's in New Orleans.

Up next week- It's A NOLA Thing ( New Orleans themed romances)

AND 

Check back because in the following weeks my friends and I will be giving away some SIGNED books and other goodies we'll bring back from RT Con. 

And don't forget to check out what my friends had to say this week by visiting:

Ann@Romancing the Readers

Karen@ The Many Faces of Romance

06 May 2014

review:eleanor & park by rainbow rowell


about the book:

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet?
Shallow, confused, then dead.

I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.
A 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
Eleanor & Park is the winner of the 2013 Boston Globe Horn Book Award for Best Fiction Book.
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book of 2013
New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of 2013
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Book of 2013
An NPR Best Book of 2013

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my review:

I can't say enough things about how and what this book meant to me. Maybe I had a connection with it because I grew up in the 80's and was bullied/never quite fit in. Either way, this book was pure magic. Beautiful and deep. I laughed and cried. I read this book super slowly to savor it, and because I was afraid the ending would break my heart. Actually, for me, the ending evoked thoughts of movies like Lost in Translation or Thelma and Louise (if you've read the book and seen either movie I hope you get my train of thought). I loved this book so much that even before I finished it, I bought Ms. Rowell's others. A true keeper!

REVIEW: BALUSTRADE BY MARK HENRY







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MY REVIEW: 


Be warned reader.... this book is EXPLICIT.  It didn't bother me, but don't say I didn't warn you. This is perfect supernatural smut. If you read and loved those HOT BLOOD Series of sex/horror anthologies from the 80's/90's then Balustrade is for you. It's perfectly atmospheric, the pacing brilliant. For me the book, in all it's delicious depravity, made me think of some 70's/80's horror movies like,The Wicker Man, The Brood(uncut version) and even The Shining (if you've seem em, I hope you get where I'm going with this). Balustrade is like a XXX-Rated Twilight Zone episode. And like TZ's opening monologue, you will transported by Balustrade.

05 May 2014

REVIEW: FAT BY SARANNA DEWYLDE

ABOUT THE BOOK:

“You’re pretty, for a fat girl.” 

That’s nothing Claire Howard hasn’t heard before, and there’s part of her that doesn’t care, that thinks it’s okay to love herself just the way she is. Then there’s that other voice in her head, the one that plays on a constant loop that gets louder whenever people scrutinize her dinner order, snicker when she needs a belt extender on a plane, and outright laugh when they see her with her the kind of man they don’t think fat girls deserve. It reminds her that existing while fat is the worst thing in the world. It’s worse than being ignorant, bigoted or cruel—at least according to society’s standards. Even when she has the attentions of two men who are the embodiment of fantasy. 

But it’s not their love that matters, it’s her own. Fat is a brand that’s been seared into every aspect of her life—even her heart. Can Claire love herself enough to reach past the labels for her own happiness? 

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MY REVIEW:

Although this is book is a quick first person POV read, by no means is it easy. Let me explain:

It'll have you reaching for a tissue just as much as it'll have you laughing and cheering Claire on. 

All in all- this book was fan-freaking-tastic - not always an easy thing to do with a book of this length (about 50,000 if I'm not mistaken).

It's deep and moving with a bit of dirty thrown in. The characters are well developed and the book is realistic. 

I wish there was more(only because I enjoyed it so much) and it's worth the price! 





02 May 2014

CLOAKED IN DANGER- BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY


ABOUT THE BOOK: 


Aria Whitney has little in common with the delicate ladies of London society. Her famous father made his fortune hunting archaeological treasures, and her rustic upbringing has left her ill-prepared for a life of parties and frippery. But when Gideon Whitney goes missing, Aria must embrace the unknown—armed with only the short list of highborn men who’d backed her father’s venture, she poses as a woman looking for a husband. She doesn’t intend to find one.

Adam Willoughby, Earl of Merewood, finds London’s strangest new debutante fascinating, but when he  catches her investigating his family’s secrets, he threatens to ruin her reputation. He doesn’t intend to enjoy it so much.
When their lustful indiscretion is discovered, Adam finds that he regrets nothing. But now, as her father’s enemy draws near, Adam must convince his betrothed that she can trust him with her own secrets…before it’s too late.

“Cloaked in Danger is perfect for those who love a good mystery in their romance.”— Eye on Romance 


“In ‘Cloaked in Danger’ Jeannie Ruesch has crafted a taut, emotional thrill-ride through the streets of Regency London. Archaeological adventure and drawing room intrigue are combined in a story that will keep you reading late into the night. Jeannie Ruesch is an author to watch.”
— RITA Award Nominated Author Elizabeth Essex

“Cloaked in Danger has all the elements readers crave— larger-than-life characters, a vivid and believable setting, heart-pounding romance and just the right amount of mystery. Don’t miss it! It kept me reading deep into the night.”
— New York Times Bestselling Author Brenda Novak



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Jeannie Ruesch wrote her first story at the age of the six, prompting her to give up an illustrious, hours-long ambition of becoming a Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader and declare that writing was her destiny. That journey to destiny took a few detours along the way, including a career in marketing and design.

Her first novel, a fairy-tale like historical romance, was published in 2009, but the darker side of life had always captivated her. So after a dinner conversation with friends about the best way to hide a dead body, she knew she had to find a way to incorporate suspense into her writing. (The legal outlet for her fascination.) Today, she continues writing what she loves to read - stories of history, romance and suspense. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their son and an 80 pound lapdog lab named Cooper. She can be visited at www.jeannieruesch.com or found regularly on Twitter or Facebook.

She is also the creator of the WIP Notebook, a writer's tool to help stay organized while you write, which you can find at her website.


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RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY:


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MY REVIEW: 

I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.

I hate it when you read a book and feel like you are missing something with some of the characters. I found this to be true with this book (a previous book deals with the hero's sister and fiancee who appear in this book) so I was a bit annoyed.

Although Cloaked in Danger is a romance, it's more scaled back and the mystery(for lack of a better word) is the stronger element. I found the book to be witty and atmospheric with strong characters however I was a bit bored at times. 





01 May 2014

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: WHEN A FAVORITE SERIES ENDS

Hello Readers!

Welcome back to another Book Club Thursday. 

This week we are talking about series books.  For me it seems almost all the books I find are books that are part of a series in some way. Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating and I do typically only read certain books.....BUT......

I'm not saying that I don't like series books. I do. However, I am so far behind in so many. And these days, many authors that write the series books-especially if they are more than a few books in- write them so CONNECTED it's impossible to jump in mid-stream and not be lost.

For the most part, I'm  far behind in  many of the series books I follow. But there are a few that ended that I felt cheated with. I realize that maybe there are times a series has run it's course for the author and I've also read some series that have gone on too long. I'm  understanding enough to know that sometimes series end but I expect closure. But sadly, just like in life we don't always get that either.  

In truth, it's a pretty smart idea for an author to write a series.What better way to guarantee your fans will keep buying. HOWEVER, I have a  big problem when an author starts off in mass market in the series then gets moved to HARDCOVER. If you're a collector(like me), that's enough to seriously piss me off. I'm happy for the author and all but still....  

I purposely did not mention any series or authors, however if you'd like to leave a comment about any series (ended or ongoing)please leave a comment below and I'd add my two cents. 

What did my friends have to say about this topic? 

Find out now:

Ann@Romancing the Readers

Karen@The Many Faces of Romance

And join us next Thursday, 8May, for What Happens at RT, Stays at RT.