30 June 2016

BOOK CLUB THURSDAY-WTF MOMENTS



WELCOME BOOK LOVERS

Thanks for stopping by this week for our Book Club Thursday (BCT). Each Thursday, myself, Ann and Karen (my two best book lover friends) blog about something book related. To learn more about all of us and BCT, please take a moment to visit the Page at the top of my blog.

This Thursday is a themed chat/blog that was chosen by me:

WTF MOMENTS

You know what I mean. Those times when everything is going along just fine in the book and then SUDDENLY...

Yeah.

For whatever reason, you've just had a WTF moment. Now don't get me wrong; they aren't always bad- at least not in my book(like that pun there LOL).

I'm talking about both the good and bad. 

The bad meaning:

You're so...angry? Flabbergasted? Pissed off? -at either the character(s) or situation. 

In the following example the heroine, for most the book made me want to hurl my e-reader and for the record I did shout WTF numerous times(and not in a happy way -see below).





Heartthrob star quarterback Tyson Palmer has it all: a million-dollar arm, a winning season and the promise of a Superbowl ring. But more importantly, football’s biggest star is the ultimate comeback kid. After an addiction to painkillers nearly derailed his career, Tyson got sober and went from zero to hero in the eyes of the public.

But one person remains unconvinced: Dani Carr, a sports commentator with high ratings and following of her own.
Dani can’t forgive Tyson’s transgressions or forget a single passionate night with him back in college. To make things worse, Tyson doesn’t realize that the bombshell with huge ratings is the cute co-ed whose heart he once broke.
But can a sports journalist trying to claw her way to the top and a quarterback who knows all about rock bottom make it to the Super Bowl without destroying each other? And what will happen when Tyson—riding high now that he’s revived his career—realizes he needs to make an even more important comeback with Dani? Can he use his million-dollar moves to get past her defenses—or will she sideline him for good?







So now you might be thinking how can a WTF moment be good?

Well, I'm talking about moments when the author has shocked you, or had you on the edge of your seat going OMG OMG OMG(as you shake the your book(just like I did) in a WTF just happened sort of way- but only because the moment was just that damn good when you think about it.

It's rare that I encounter any good WTF moments because, honestly I'm just that surprised anymore by anything.

However these two authors...yeah...





Stranded with a murderer…  

Rachel de Luca’s uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people’s most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she’d like to admit. 
After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance—until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain. 
As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she’s a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her—or save them both and stop a killer?











The secret is, vampires are real and I am one.

The secret is, I’m stealing from you what is most truly yours and I’m not sorry...
 
New York City in 1978 is a dirty, dangerous place to live. And die. Joey Peacock knows this as well as anybody—he has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks.
 
The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy.
 
Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires, like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were.
 
And neither are the rest of us.






Thanks for stopping by this week. Don't forget to check out what Ann and Karen had to say by visiting their blogs. 

I'd love to hear from you about any WTF Moments that you've had while reading.











JULY 7TH:CLEARING OFF THE BOOK SHELVES







28 June 2016

REVIEW-GIVEAWAY- CHASING LADY AMELIA-MAYA RODALE


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CHASING LADY AMELIA
Keeping Up with the Cavendishes #2
Maya Rodale
Releasing June 28th, 2016
Avon Books



In the second novel of Maya Rodale’s enchanting Keeping Up with the Cavendishes series, an American heiress finds her reputation—and heart—in danger when she travels to London and meets a wickedly tempting rake

Terribly Improper

Lady Amelia is fed up with being a proper lady and wishes to explore London, so one night she escapes . . . and finds herself in the company of one Alistair Finlay-Jones. He’s been ordered by his uncle to wed one of the American girls. How lucky, then, that one of them stumbles right into his arms!

Totally Scandalous

Alistair and Amelia have one perfect day to explore London, from Astley’s Amphitheater to Vauxhall Gardens. Inevitably they end up falling in love and making love. If anyone finds out, she will be ruined, but he will win everything he’s ever wanted.

Very Romantic

When Amelia finds out Alistair has been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming . . . will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?


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LOVED LOVED LOVED 


However....

Maybe not as much(but only by a hair) as Lady Bridget's Diary(LBD),the first book in the series.

Chasing Lady Amelia (CLA) runs pretty much in the same time frame as book one, so don't think you can read these two out of order. You really can't(trust me) and shouldn't(double trust), because by reading LBD, you get such a sense of the Cavendishes. 

And what a lively, REAL, family this clan is. LOVE!

CLA is a romantic and witty novel with a modern flair and side of soap opera (oh so much fun and pretty much the same thing I said about LBD, however I do think it was lighter on the "soap" feel.)

In CLA,both Amelia and Alistair are developed however I felt like I was missing a bit of something...maybe because I felt I already knew them from book one and was looking for more?

I don't feel that it was because Ms. Rodale showed her cards(at least not all of them) regarding the couple in LBD,  the books pretty much run at the same time, but I can't quite put my finger on what the heck I mean. 

REGARDLESS- BUY THESE BOOKS! 

I mean I wasn't even half- way through LBD before I went and pretty much ordered ALL of Ms. Rodale's backlist. 

I will add that I wanted more at the end and fair warning there is a time jump. I understand it's warranted for setting up the next novel Lady Claire is All That(see below) but I wanted more of a peek of something!!  Yes, I'm a greedy one when it comes to Keeping Up With the Cavendishes and I was happily satisfied(mostly, after all I don't have the next two books yet LOL) by peeking at Ms. Rodale's page with same name (see below). 

And the duke...sigh...OH....his story is going to be....yeah...SIGH





Maya Rodale began reading romance novels in college at her mother’s insistence and it wasn’t long before she was writing her own. Maya is now the author of multiple Regency historical romances. She lives in New York City with her darling dog and a rogue of her own.




TASTY BOOK PRESENTS A VERY SPECIAL CHAT WITH MAYA RODALE


1.      Tell us about yourself.

I’m a New York City girl who loves to read and write romance novels (12 and counting!). I enjoy BeyoncĂ© dance parties, romantic comedies, and talking about why romance novels matter. The hardest part of my day is staying up past 9pm. I married a great guy who thinks all my books are about him and I have the most fabulous dog who knows everything is all about her (Peek at pictures here!). My website is www.mayarodale.com, check it out!


2.      What three things about you might surprise your readers?

1.      I once lived in London for a summer for graduate school and spent much of it researching in the British Library and trekking around to every museum and historical house (and gift shop). It has proven to be tremendously helpful when writing my Regency romances.
2.     I’m very short—4 feet, eleven and three quarter inches, barefoot. Do not forget my three/quarters of an inch.
3.     I keep a list of all the books I read, organized by year, color-coded by month. As one does.


3.      Is there a genre(s) that you think “I might like to write one of those.”?
I have plenty of stories in my head and even some drafts under the bed that aren’t romance and I would love to write them (read: the muse insists I must write them). One is a Young Adult novel, the others are grown up lady fiction. But all of them will end happily J


4.      Tell us about CHASING LADY AMELIA

Lady Amelia Cavendish is sister to a duke and hates it. Alistair Finlay-Jones is heir to a baron who hates him. A series of events involving scandal, laudanum and lost shoes result in these two running away for a perfect day around London, taking in the sights and falling in love. When Amelia finds out Alistair had been ordered to marry her, he must woo her and win back the angry American girl. But with the threat of scandals, plural, looming…will he ever catch up to the woman he loves?



5.      Where did the idea for the storyline come from?

The idea for Chasing Lady Amelia came from two distinct, but oddly compatible, stories. The first is Pride & Prejudice, which is the inspiration for book one in the Keeping Up With The Cavendishes, Lady Bridget’s Diary. In both those novels, there’s a runaway sister who definitely needs to have her story told (where did she go!? With whom!? What kind of sexy fun trouble did she get into?!) And then I noticed that the plot of my favorite movie of all time, Roman Holiday, starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck, would dovetail perfectly. While her story inspired by that film, Amelia quickly takes over and makes the story uniquely her own.

6.      What do you think readers will like/love about Alistair and Amelia?
Things to love about Amelia: her irrepressible spirit and love for her family.
Things to love about Alistair: his kindness, determination to do the right thing and the way he pleases Amelia, if you know what I mean ;-)

7.      What was your favorite scene from the book?

My favorite scene in Chasing Lady Amelia is a spoiler! (But don’t worry,  no spoilers here).  I’d been having trouble with the ending (I wrote it, oh, three different ways) and over dinner and drinks with my husband we schemed and plotted an alternate ending that is both funny, humorous, plays on the Alistair’s worst fears and gives Amelia a say in her own destiny.  It was a riot to write and is hopefully a delight to read!


8.      Who are some of your book boyfriends?  What draws you to them?
Not Lord Darcy! I’m much more partial to Gilbert Blythe (If you don’t know who that is, I’m so sorry). But my book boyfriends tend to be the ones I’m writing currently about, so right now they are a hot, hunky Marquess (Lord Fox, of Lady Claire is All That) and a rebellious, American duke (the final book in the Cavendish series). I’m a lucky girl ;-)


9.      If you had to pick a favorite cocktail of choice, what would it be?  (It can be non-alcoholic too)

Something sparkling! Whether it’s champagne (or Prosecco, I’m not picky) or sparkling water with extra limes please thank you very much. Cheers!


10.  What’s next for you?

I am Keeping Up With The Cavendishes! I’ve just finished up book three in the series, Lady Claire is All That (12/27/16). Readers will see this smart heroine make an unexpectedly perfect match with the hunky “jock” of the haute ton, Lord Fox, in a story that riffs on the rom com She’s All That. Oh, and then I’m writing the duke’s romance...





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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynsay Sands never disappoints...a gorgeous new look for one of her classic, fan-favorite historical romances...

Valoree no longer has to masquerade as her murdered brother and scourge the oceans as Captain Red. She no longer has to command his pirate band in a quest to regain his birthright. She has been named heir to Ainsley Castle. But no executor would ever hand over the estate to an unmarried pirate wench and her infamous crew—no matter to whom she’d been born. And the will distinctly states that in order to inherit, Valoree must be married to a nobleman...and pregnant.

Upon learning that, the virgin captain is ready to return to the seas—but her crew has other ideas—and for those rascally cusses she would do anything. If they could find a way to put on her a sweet face that would fool the ton, she would handle the rest, even with a drunken prostitute as an “aunt” and her merry cutthroat crew as “servants.” But to herself she swears one thing: she will only marry a man who fires her blood, a man who is not afraid of a ...Lady Pirate.





LYNSAY SANDS is the nationally bestselling author of the Argeneau/Rogue Hunter vampire series, as well as numerous historicals and anthologies. She’s been writing stories since grade school and considers herself incredibly lucky to be able to make a career out of it. Her hope is that readers can get away from their everyday stress through her stories, and if there’s occasional uncontrollable fits of laughter, that’s just a big bonus.





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FIRST LOVE NEVER FADES . . . 




A SUMMER TO REMEMBER
Tallgrass Series #6
Marilyn Pappano
Releasing June 28th, 2016
Forever


FIRST LOVE NEVER FADES . . . 



It's been a long time since widow Fia Thomas felt the spark of physical attraction. But from the moment she meets Elliot Ross one stormy night, she yearns for a fresh start, for him to make her feel whole and well again. With his broad shoulders and a warm smile crinkling his dark eyes, he could finally offer her the solace she's been seeking. And she's willing to give him anything in return . . . except a promise that could break his heart.



Now that Elliot is out of the Army, he's looking for a place to call home. Tallgrass was just a stop to stretch his legs, yet one look at Fia halts him in his tracks. In her sweet, sassy company, he finds the soul mate he never thought he'd have. But Fia is holding something back-something that keeps her from making any plans. Elliot's new mission: gain Fia's trust...and convince her that summer's end can mean a new beginning.






Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today  bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.



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27 June 2016

RELEASE BLAST-A GENTLEMAN NEVER TELLS-ELOISA JAMES



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A witty, sexy novella about a virgin widow and a rake with something to prove.

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.


Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.












ELOISA JAMES is a New York Times best-selling author and professor of English literature who lives with her family in New York, but can sometimes be found in Paris or Italy. She is the mother of two and, in a particularly delicious irony for a romance writer, is married to a genuine Italian knight. Visit her at www.eloisajames.com