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

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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 …

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: IT'S A VAMP THING

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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 sh…

REVIEW: WICKED AS THEY COME BY DELILAH S. DAWSON

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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…

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

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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…

REVIEW: UNMASKING JULIET BY TERI WILSON

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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 vi…

BOOK CLUB THURSDAYS: CORA CARMACK GIVEAWAY

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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 giveawayWe'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



BOOK CLUB THURSDAY: IT'S A NOLA THING

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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, arou…

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 hi…

review:eleanor & park by rainbow rowell

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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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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.

REVIEW: FAT BY SARANNA DEWYLDE

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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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CLOAKED IN DANGER- BLOG TOUR & GIVEAWAY

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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 rom…

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…