Thursday, December 23, 2010

Book related music--Alice in Wonderland

I know at least one of my Blogger friends might know the answer to this...so, please point me in the right direction....

I'm looking for songs related to Alice In Wonderland, rock, preferably. See, I've been on an Alice kick recently (some of you know why)and it's bleeding over into my music collection--or searching thereof, anyway.

Right now, I have two songs that I can think of "Go Ask Alice" by Jefferson Airplane (one of dad's favorites)

and "Alice" by Stevie Nicks.

There are more out there, aren't there? I might even have some (though I don't think the Sisters of Mercy song "Alice" counts) and I'm pouring through my records trying to figure this out. It's driving me nuts. Help save my sanity....

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Debra Glass' Rebel Rose and Giveaway

Rebel Rose by Debra Glass

Synopsis:

They say she’s a Rebel spy…

Widow, Rosalie O’Kelley, is not above using her feminine wiles to secure much needed supplies for her fellow townspeople. But when Union Colonel Eric Skaarsberg is put in charge, Rose’s usual tactics fail miserably. In exchange for supplies, she comes to a scandalous arrangement with him. She agrees to become his willing plaything—to fulfill his every physical need…eagerly and without hesitation.



Eric Skaarsberg is duty bound to ferret out the spy who has been leaking information to the Confederates. All evidence points to the passionate belle who readily responds to every touch and taste he metes out to her. One by one, he strips away Rose’s secrets, but Eric is not satisfied with owning the she-Rebel’s luscious body. At any cost, he must uncover her vulnerable and perilous past—even if it means the destruction of them both.

My thoughts, well, again, Ms. Glass has outdone herself, and I was actually biting my nails for this one. I loved it, but then, yes, I love everything of hers I've read. I think if you like historically set erotic romances, you can't get much better than this. :)






Rebel Rose is currently available at Ellora's Cave here.


For more on Debra and her works, see her blog, or her website.



And Debra kindly offered to give away a copy of this novel. Please leave a comment and we'll choose a winner on the 19th.

Monday, December 6, 2010

An off-key Christmas

Let me just preface this by saying, this has been a down few months for me. Those that know me know what's going on and why I'm not in my usual Christmas mood. :( So while I've never been a good fan of Christmas stories, they're touch and go on what I can take right now, some I can, some I can't. (and no, I can't say what lands ones on the "can" list, I don't know, myself, really). So this is undoubtedly coloring my reading of these "themed" books and stories this year, some I've been okay with, some not. That said, here's my review of this book.

Honky Tonk Christmas
by Carolyn Brown
Publisher: Sourcebooks
cover art: Sourcebooks, Randee Ladden, Aleta Rafton

my review copy came from Sourcebooks

Honky Tonk Christmas is the latest, and last, in Carolyn Brown’s Honky Tonk series. It concerns yet another owner of the Honky Tonk, Sharlene Waverly. This gal took over the Honky Tonk after a stint as a reporter, after returning from the Iraq war. She has been running the Honky Tonk successfully for a while, and so successfully, the crowds threaten the capacity limit of the bar. So Sharlene hires Holt Jackson to build on an addition. She’s immediately attracted to the dreamy Holt, but there’s the pesky thing of her Classified work in Iraq, that leads to nightmares. On a night out with her friends, women with whom she worked in Iraq, Sharlene has a little too much to drink and Holt, also in the same bar, ends up driving her home. From there, she spends the night in Holt’s arms—sleeping. Ah, but strangely, she had no combat nightmares, a sign the Honky Tonk’s charm is working, perhaps?




After that less than torrid encounter, there are a lot of awkward looks between Sharlene and Holt, and avoiding the nosy questions of Sharlene’s co-workers who seem bound and determined that she and Holt will be the next to fall under the Honky Tonk’s marriage charm. Sharlene wants no part of it. She’d rather get the bar addition finished, gear up for her book tour (she’s written and sold a romance novel), and not waste time on a man who’s raising his dead sister’s kids, even if he sends her hormones into overdrive.


And that’s before her family is introduced to Holt, where she and Holt spend a few torrid moments out in the family barn.


What happens? Well….I can guess it’s a happy ending (aren’t romances usually?) but, I hate to say this, though I thank the folks at Sourcebooks for sending me a copy to review, I couldn’t finish it. Whether it because of the incredibly annoying sister’s kids, the unnecessary introduction to everyone even remotely related to Sharlene, the lack of the charm of the previous book I’d read in this series…I don’t know. Undoubtedly, it’s just me (and I’m really, really sorry to say this), Honky Tonk Christmas just fell totally flat, and I couldn’t make it through the 368 pages that should have been a fun read. In any other situation I might have loved this as much as I loved I Love This Bar (the first book in Ms. Brown’s Honky Tonk series), and I do look forward to reading the new series she's got cooking, Spikes and Spurs, but I just couldn’t personally get enthused about Honky Tonk Christmas. I probably just wasn’t in the mood for it (see above). Still, if you are in the holiday mood, I can say I do love Carolyn Brown’s style, and recommend that you, my dear readers, to give it a try. If you’d like to, it’s on romance bookstore shelves now (Borders, Barnes and Noble, should definitely have a copy) or at online outlets like barnesandnoble.com, Amazon, or borders.com.

My grade for this one, though, is...well, let me say again,I loved her other book, so even though I didn't finish HTC,  I'm going to encourage you to give it a look. So...I can't accurately grade it. (If you read the review over at the Examiner (here), disregard that three stars. Their system demands a grade now, can't pub without it. To me, for this one, this time, the grade over there's meaningless. My huge apologies to Carolyn Brown and the folks at Sourcebooks about this.)

Monday, November 29, 2010

another erotic romance review--steampunk this time.

I've a erotic romance/steampunk book review up at my other blog, Vixen's Reviews. If you'd like to see it, (and if you like Steampunk, love scenes aside, you may like this one) it can be found here.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

A friend's new release

This came through the grapevine from one of my TARA mates:

Deadly Deception by Tampa Romance author Lorelei Confer being her debut release from Siren Publishing/Book Strand. It is, from what I've read, a Romantic Suspense novel that deals with human sex trafficking in the US. If you'd like to read a little more about it, see her Book Strand page here. It's on sale at at discount, until December 30, and the paperback will be available in May. I haven't personally read Deadly Deception (yet) but you can find an excerpt from it on her website here. It sounds interesting!

Congrats, Lorelei!!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Mailbox

Oh, while I'm at it. I got a few things in the mailbox this week.
This Meme conceived by Marcia at the Mailbox Monday.

So let me see....what's been in my mailbox lately....

1) a copy of Carly Phillips' Lucky Streak, won from Jessica of Jessica Rabbit's Corner
2) A copy of Joanne Rock's new Blaze novel Under Wraps
3) a copy of Joanne Rock's forthcoming Harlequin Historical title In the Laird's Bed (both of the above were sent by the author herself)

So, if I'm not mistaken, that's what everything that's come in the last week. What'd y'all get?

Catherine Mann's Expectant Landis brother tale


cover art: Harlequin Enterprises


His Expectant Ex
by Catherine Mann
published: Harlequin/Silhouette Desire

review copy provided for me by the very lovely Joanne Rock. :) *waves*

In RITA award winning romance author Catherine Mann’s 2008 Harlequin’s Silhouette Desire release His Expectant Ex the author introduces a soon-to-be divorced couple, Marianna, and her high-powered lawyer hubby Sebastian Landis. The eve of their separation, they have a final fling, and well, having never been able to conceive before, never thought what might result from it.

So on signing the divorce papers, several weeks later, imagine Sebastian’s surprise when Marianna faints, and he finds out it’s probably due to her pregnancy. Marianna is fully willing to stay divorced, but now, Sebastian’s having second thoughts and turns his persuasive powers and charms on winning his whinny wife back. Can he?

All in all the story (part of Harlequin Desire’s “The Landis Brothers” mini-series) is sweet, and of course, steamy, and was an enjoyable quick read, perhaps some of Marianna’s whiny pining for what she couldn’t have (you’ll have to read it to see what she’s upset about) could have been toned back, but this is a variation on the secret baby theme (not a big favorite of mine, I must admit) so, it’s to be expected, I guess. All in all I think romance, and Catherine Mann fans, as will fans of the Silhouette Desire line, will enjoy it—

If you'd like to give it a try, though, it's being a harlequin, isn't available on the shelves any longer. You can find it though online at Amazon, in ebook only, from Borders.com and at the Harlequin site itself, here.
My rating for this one? I think you'll enjoy it, I did, so

For more information on Catherine Mann, see her website at http://catherinemann.com/
(There's a slightly different version of this review up at the Examiner. If you would be so kind as to give it a click here, I'd be appreciative. :))

Friday, November 19, 2010

Q and A with historical romance author Virginia Henley

Also, if you are curious, I've just posted a Q and A with author Virginia Henley over at the Examiner. You can see that here.

Thanks and enjoy!

Virginia Henley returns with an enchanting Irish Duke.

cover art by Gregg Gulbronson
The Irish Duke
by Virginia Henley
publisher: Signet

My review copy was given to me by Ms. Henley, herself--Thank you, Virginia! :)

NYTimes Best Selling historical Romance author Virginia Henley’s latest release, The Irish Duke, is a sprawling historical romance concerning a very stubborn English lady and a determined Irishman who wants her for his bride. Lady Louisa and James Hamilton, Duke of Abercorn, meet, so the story goes, when they are children, and good thing, as it seems to take their whole lives for James to convince Louisa of his suit. The stubborn Louisa’s problem, though, isn’t really with the dashing James, but more with her irrational fear of the pain of childbirth. So that her sister Georgina is a floosie, drives poor Louisa up the wall. When Georgina, not surprisingly, turns up pregnant, and Louisa tries to help her now-suicidal sister, the family confuses what’s really happened, and accuse Louisa of the inexcusable travesty of pregnancy. More shockingly, they think James is the father.

Knowing he’s not, thinking Louisa’s been used, he agrees to marry her, and moves her from England, to Ireland. So James roundaboutly gets what he’s been pining after all his life. However, the infuriatingly obstinate Louisa still refuses to give him her true love, and though they’re married, James’ work is far from done.


When he finds out the secret behind their quick engagement it only serves to convince him he just might be able to seduce his skittish wife. Can he? Well, you’ll have to read this one to find out.

In The Irish Duke, New York Times best selling author Virginia Henley presents a sweet story of the what-ifs behind the marriage of an historical couple, how they might have come together, built on a historiography that stretches from the just prior to the reign to Queen Victoria and into the 20th century. I enjoyed this one, but I swear she was so infuriating sometimes, I wanted to strangle her myself, so poor James, he must have been a saint to marry her, if this story has any truth to it! Hehe. All in all, it was a good read. Ms. Henley will be continuing the lives of this family in future books, so if Historical romance is your thing, you can’t go wrong here. You can find this at any Barnes and Noble or Borders, or online, at borders.com, barnesandnoble.com, or Amazon.com

My rating for this one?  Well,this one's a little complicated. I loved Ms. Henley's style, loved James, the setting and period were tantilizing and beautifully drawn....But I wanted to strangle Louisa and Georgina too. Maybe she meant me to feel that way, but still, I have to give it only a four and 3/4. If I'd loved Louisa, that would be five for sure, but...dang, Louisa, get a clue, woman! *laughs* (at least she did irl, right? ;) So, there you go. Enjoy!


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Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Terry Odell's Nowhere to hide.

cover art by Rae Monet

Nowhere to Hide
by Terry Odell
publisher: Crimson Rose, The Wild Rose Press
review copy provided by the fine folks at The Wild Rose Press

In Terry Odell’s latest novel Nowhere to Hide, introduces Colleen McDonald an ex-policewoman, escaping horrid memories of a Domestic dispute case gone terribly wrong, costing the life of her partner and leaving her with a bad case of nerves, and post traumatic stress disorder. Settling in Orlando, Florida, hoping to start a new life, until she finds out the police are looking for her landlady son, Jeffrey.

And, gee, then there’s cute Deputy Graham Harrigan. Vying for a place in the CiD (Criminal Investigations Department, I think), this case isn’t exactly in Graham’s purview, but he just can’t seem to keep away from the pretty Colleen. Luckily, it doesn’t seem he can solve the case without her help. The only clue Graham has to Jeffrey’s disappearance is his slightly demented mother’s word, and some paperwork tying him into a failed land development deal.

Then the elderly landlady suffers an accidental overdose, someone breaks into Colleen’s apartment, and seem to be similarly treating the landlady’s computer. Yet still there’s no word from Jeffrey.

Though it’s Graham’s job to solve this case, and Colleen is just trying to start a new life as something other than a cop, the case keeps throwing them together, each finding and trading valuable tidbits that they hope will help find the missing Jeffrey, before whatever, and whomever, he’s involved with decide to takes Doris, and possibly Colleen as well, out for good. Personally one of my favorite parts of the story was Ms. Odell's weaving of  the noise of Universal Theme Parks in there, personally, having once had a year's pass there, I can tell you, just visitng is loud! Poor Colleen. Now I can fully imagine what the poor residents nearby felt when went on all those rides over and over! (*giggles maniacally*)



Nowhere to Hide is the latest novel Orlando-based romance author Terry Odell penned for The Wild Rose Press (who provided this review copy for me). and yes, Nowhere to Hide is a standalone novel, so if you’ve never read Ms. Odell’s work before, it might be a good place to start. Beyond the thrill of....well, the theme park realism mentioned above, the mystery, and the all-important romantic threads woven into Nowhere to Hide are well-rounded, and should please fans of the genre. If you’d like to check it out it’s part of the Crimson Rose line at The Wild Rose Press, and available in e-book format or paperback format from their website here, or from Digi Books Cafe here.

My grade for this one?



If you'd like to find out more about Terry Odell and her fine stories, see her website at: http://www.terryodell.com/

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Monday Mailbox

(A Meme by Mailbox Monday)


Welp, there's not much to report this week, but I did pick up a few freebies at Pink Petal Books that I'm looking forward to perusing. They are

Christmas Hookup by Lex Valentine
A Very Cougar Christmas by Lex Valentine
and
Mistletoe Magic by Christine Pope

Can you tell what all three of these have in common? Come one. One guess.

Yes. That's right. Ye gods! Is it that time of year again already???????? I thought we just took down all the Christmas ...erm, stuff. Anyway, look forward to some Christmasy reviews if all goes well, within the next month or so....

Friday, October 29, 2010

So how was your morning?

Me? I woke up this morning, and couldn't move. My stupid back locked up. First time ever, and let me tell you, boy was that freaky! :( Been a day of sitting over on the couch reading, with the heat pad on. I have motion back at least but needles? Hundreds of them? In my back....


So what did I spend all day reading? A little bit of Virginia Henley's The Irish Duke, but mostly, Terry Odell's Nowhere to Hide. I'm almost finished with it and short version, ...yeah, Romantic Suspense fans, I think y'all will like it. :) Should have a review up for you sometime soon.

On The Irish Duke...This is a first of the very sweet Ms. Henley's for me, but I can safely say I think historical fans should like this one.


Speaking of reviews, can someone find a missing review for me? One that might be somewhere in the ether between my computer and wherever stuff goes when you accidentally delete stuff? *sigh* I had this whole certain science fiction author's short story anthology review written up. Lost the entire thing (For those who were waiting for it, I am so sorry). I don't think I can reproduce it verbatim, either. It was...meh. There were some fun stories, but for the most part, it wasn't that that great any way, or not to me, sad to say. *sigh again* I think part of the problem is *sshhhh* don't tell anyone!) I'm liking more Romance these days than anything. World building's always a plus, but yeah, gotta have those love scenes to keep my interest. Ye gods. Don't give my secret away!

Anyway, back to the heating pad I go... And I think a Star Wars/Stargate marathon is in order. Don't you? ;)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

In my Mailbox October 27

(a meme by Mailbox Monday)


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Well, yes, again, it's Wednesday. and I am off by a few days again. This week, I got a few things: One erotic romance title and one not.

The non-erotic one is a paranormal romance by Paty Jager and it has, if I am not mistaken, a little Native American flavor. Titled Spirit of the Mountain it was recently published by The Wild Rose Press.

Oh and this just came in, from my friend Laurie, of Tampa Area Romance Authors and Writing and Rambling with Vickie and Laurie, a copy of Lisa Hendrix's novel Immortal Outlaw. :) Thanks, Laurie!

And finally, the erotic romance title comes from Ellora's Cave and Cindy Spencer Pape. One of her latest stories, by the name of Just for Jess.


So that's mine. What'd y'all get?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Author Marisa Chenery.

Sharing info on author Marisa Chenery. To find out a bit about her, go here.

I love her books. :)

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

My latest release

Hi everyone,

My latest short story is now available. The very nice editor at the dark fiction/horror/dark fantasy zine Twisted Dreams Magazine just published my latest dark fantasy short story "Mother Blood Sky" in the October issue of her zine. Unfortunately it is not a free read, but hey. It's out there! If anyone would be interested in purchasing the issue you can find it in PDF format here, or in hardcopy, here. There are lots of other fantastic authors in the issue besides me, plus some interesting interviews and reviews.

Anyway, it's out and I'm tickled pink, so I thought I'd share.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Paranormal romance author scavenger hunt.

Paranormal romance/Dark Fantasy author Lynda Hilburn is having a scavenger hunt over at her blog, Paranormality. I wrote a little bit about it at the Examiner today, here, if you'd like to see who all's participating, or if you just want to mosey on over to Paranormality, the link is http://paranormalityuniverse.blogspot.com/

Have fun!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

A classic feud

Again, I'm sorry for falling behind. I have had so much on my mind lately, and trying desperately to get anything finished to review, the blogging part's kinda been lost. But I did find an interesting tidbit to share--well, it's interesting to me as I studied his work in college. Who? John Steinbeck. Yeah, yeah, Classics, I know. Don't groan; I love them. Anyway, there was a news story up today about him, and I thought I'd share it with you.

Steinbecks lose copyright feud.

Of course, not a happy story, but I found it interesting.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Joanne Rock review

OOps. I forgot I had this book, Double Play, up in my TBR slideshow here. Anyway, it's been an extremely bad week. :( But anyway, I've got the review for this one up now, and you can see it here, at my other blog. Enjoy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

mailbox

I didn't get a chance to check my mailbox this week...but last week (or the week before, I apologize for forgetting which) I did receive Kim Knox's latest from Carina Press, a little SciFi Romance called Gambit. I shall get that reviewed soon, time and circumstance permitting.

So what'd y'all get?

(This meme brought to you by Mailbox Monday)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

New Carolyn Crane release coming tomorrow

Congrats on the Book Birthday, Carolyn! :)


Friday, September 24, 2010

My guest post at Writing Magick

Hi folks. *blush* Well, a little more business..... I just wanted to let y'all know, if you're at all interested, I have a little ole guest post today over at Debra Glass and Elissa Wilds' blog, Writing Magick.

All about my writing, the short stories, what fires my imagination and so forth. if you'd like to read, it's here. Enjoy!

Burning Up and Meljean Brook's new Iron Duke novella

Here There Be Monsters
by Meljean Brook
A novella available in the Burning Up paranormal Romance anthology
published by Berkley Sensation
cover art:Vladmir Wrangel, Kellie L. Folkert, Ferrin (all Shutterstock)
review copy sent to me by Velvet of VVB32Reads and Ms. Brooks.

In "Here There Be Monsters", a novella in the Burning Up paranormal romance anthology, author Meljean Brook has just released a steampunk novella about Ivy, a Blacksmith a young woman living in a slightly skewed version of our world during the Victorian age, a world where the mysterious Horde was just beaten back by “The Iron Duke”, but things aren’t quite normal in Ivy’s world, she is desperate to leave London and so approaches Mad Machen, a pirate captain, who she has little idea has been pining away for her love, all these years. He promises to take her anywhere she wants to go—for a price. Her, in his bed.



Well, Ivy’s not about to agree to that, and she runs.


Two years later, Mad Machen and crew find Ivy in a Norwegian town, tending to the town’s automatons, and he kidnaps forces her to build a steel kracken and to sleep in his bed. She isn’t fond of either prospect. But all she can really refuse is what he’ll do to her in his bed, by bargaining with her last few coins to keep her virginity. But, as they travel back to England, Ivy begins to realize that she’s falling in love with the tough ole pirate (as if the fact that she’s more than once offered to help him with his squeaky old mechanical leg isn’t enough?), just as Machen becomes soft enough to decide to let her go.


Will they come to their senses and admit they’re *ahem* made for each other? You’ll have to read to find out.


This is just a (very hot) taste of the new world Meljean Brook has created for her forthcoming Steampunk Romance series, The Iron Duke, the first novel of which is due out in October, and it is a hot story, and an intriguing world, filled with steam-powered machines, automatons, nanobots, old rickety pirate ships (she even throws in zombies)--heck, what's not to love there?
 My rating? The story was intriguing, and the world, very well drawn, so ....



If you’re interested, "Here There Be Monsters", or any of the other interesting reads in Burning Up the book can be purchased through all the usual venues (Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, borders.com) Do check it out!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Kathy Lane debuts a romance that's out of this world

Bloodsworn: Bound by Magic
by Kathy Lane
published by Faery Rose/The Wild Rose Press
cover art by Tamra Westberry
review copy sent to me by the author.

Tampa romance author Kathy Lane’s debut novel, a Science Fiction Romance novel titled Bloodsworn: Bound By Magic*, introduces Avera St. John, a research scientist with a violent past, who finds herself the recipient of strange gifts from a secret admirer. Then a new tenant moves in across the hall from her, one Devlin Kel, an investment banker, and she’s smitten with him, sure he’s the one sending her the gifts (the most interesting of which is a glowing ball she takes for a nightlight).


Turns out she’s partially right—about the gifts anyway. Devlin Kel-Tragar is actually a prince from another world, where magic, and magic wielders are normal. So why did he come to Earth? Well, because of Avera, who is his prophesied bride, and more, his Starmate (that is, soulmate).

But she believes in nothing that she can’t quantify scientifically, magic other worlds, and instantaneous intergalactic travel, are not in that category. Men that show up trying to kill her, on the other hand, and are an entirely different matter.

But how can she trust Devlin, when he’s done all the wrong things to gain her attention? And leaves her clueless so that she ends up with her own Bloodsworn warrior when she was only trying to render a little first aid?

Can they ever stop bickering and get down to the business of falling in love? You’ll have to read to find out.

Weighing in at over 370 ebook pages, it’s quite a hefty tome, and while it is 99% science fiction and romance, at times, it does tend to add in other elements that make it almost feel a little like a slipstream novel. But all in all, it was very good. So my rating?
 

If you’d like to try Ms. Kathy Lane’s intriguing debut into the SFR field, Bloodsworn: Bound By Magic, (which has only just been released--or technically tomorrow), you can find this Faery Rose release in ebook or softback version, at The Wild Rose Press website.
 
(There's also a different version of this review over at the Examiner. Could you please be so kind as to give it a click? If so, it's here. Thanks!)

Release day! :)

It's *****here******

Yep. I'm doing my happy dance!  I have sold a short story, to the pagan arts and letters zine, Eternal Haunted Summer. The full issue is now available for your reading pleasure, here:
http://www.eternalhauntedsummer.com/index.php?p=1_58_Autumn-Equinox-2010



My short story contribution is a dark fantasy short story called "A House of Cards". The direct link to it, is:

http://www.eternalhauntedsummer.com/index.php?p=1_68_A-House-of-Cards



*Insert Snoopy dance here*

OK, it's just a short story, but I am tickled because it is my *first* real for-cash sale. :)


Anyway, I had to share. I hope y'all enjoy the story, if you read it!

Monday, September 20, 2010

A converstion with Kimberly Llewellyn

Kimberly Llewellyn is the author of five best selling romantic comedies, she also divides her time between giving writing workshops, writing articles, and she’s even been known to show up on television now and then! So we were pleased when she took time out of her busy schedule to give us a few minutes of her time. So as always, without further introduction we present another author's visit…


Hi, Kimberly. Thanks for taking the time to visit today. I know you’re busy today, so let me just jump on in. You’re better known for your romantic comedies, what made you write I Want to Be An Author?

Kimberly: I spoke to so many beginning writers who had the same burningquestions on how to get started. I recognized a need for a compact, easy-to-follow primer and so I Want to Be an Author: Now What? was born.




Ah. I see, paying it forward a little. Cool. Judging by your bio, it looks like this has been sitting in the back of your mind for a while. On your website, your bio says you’ve worked in all sorts of fields in writing (Publishing project coordinator, corporate writer and editor. Etc); can you tell us how you got started in those fields and how they may have helped your fiction?





Kimberly: My love of writing and editing led me into publishing-related jobs in the corporate world. I was an English major with a concentration in Media. My college didn’t offer Journalism, but that was okay, because I always knew I wanted to write novels. In my job searches of the past, I kept my eyes and ears open for writing-related jobs that I’d enjoy, would pay the bills, and let me write fiction in my spare time. This included advertising/marketing, coordinating publishing projects, editing, proposal writing, and working on corporate publications). Writing as a day job teaches you to "show up" at your computer every day, keep a deadline, and just "write"...whether your muse shows up or not. That has transferred over well to my fiction. The key to writing success is sitting in that chair and putting down the words. Every day, if you can.





Are there any particular non-fiction authors that influenced your work here?



Kimberly: My favorite nonfiction authors all happen to teach the craft of writing! Dwight Swain (Techniques of the Selling Writer), Jack Bickham (Writing and Selling Your Novel), and Donald Maass (The Career Novelist, Writing the Breakout Novel) have all influenced me as a writer. Which brings up a very good point. A writer must be a reader! Read everything you can. Fiction and nonfiction!


You heard her! ;) Get thee to the library, ladies and gents!


Now that I Want to Be an Author, Now What? is out, what can readers and longtime fans expect from you next?



Kimberly: Ohhhh, my newest WIP is a secret!

Aw, please? A hint?



Kimberly: Think, "a dash of mystery, a bit of suspense, lots of intrigue, and plenty of whirlwind romance!" It’s a bit of a departure for me, but I am loving it. And yes, wedding stuff will be in there, too!



But all in all, it’s a new endeavor for you. Cool! We’ll be looking forward to that.


If you weren’t a writer, what career might you have pursued instead?



Kimberly: Supermodel. Heiress. Or wedding planner. Then again, anything in the wedding field, I would have loved. I did work weddings at a banquet hall as a part-time gig for years, and it was a party every weekend!



That does sound like fun!


Are there any other writing secrets or tidbits, maybe something not included in the book that you might like to share with aspiring romance authors?


Kimberly: The secret to writing a romance novel is this: it is all about emotion. The emotional journey between the hero and heroine and how they grow. They must grow and overcome their resistance to love if they are to get together in the end. Are you up for the challenge?

I dunno. What do you say, my dear readers? Gonna try it?

Thank you, Kimberly for taking the time to speak with us today, and good luck with I Want to Be an Author: Now What? And in all you do. We’ll be watching out for you!

Folks, if you’d like to know more about Kimberly’s work, see her website at http://www.kimberlyllewellyn.com/; and don’t forget to check out our review of her latest book I Want to Be an Author: Now What?   Until next time, then, good writing, good luck and thanks for reading! Or if you'd like to get the book, you can find it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or any of your local versions of those stores. If it's not on the shelves, they should be able to order it for you.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Meg Cabot's Insatiable introduces a quirky vampire love story


Insatiable
by Meg Cabot
Publisher: Harper Collins
cover art: Harper Collins/Ricky Mujica/Mumtaz Mustafa

My review copy was graciously provided by the fine folks at Harper Collins.

Longtime readers know I get all giddy and fangirly about Meg Cabot, so this review should be no surprise. Her latest release, Insatiable, will be a little bit of a surprise to her regular readers. Herein she has decided to take her quirky heroines in an altogether new direction, with the introduction of Ms. Meena Harper, who spends her dreary days as a script writer for a popular soap opera, Insatiable, pining away for the love she writes about, and lusting after a particular red Marc Jacobs tote bag, with a diamond encrusted dragon emblazoned on its surface, and sharing an apartment with her brother, and her steadfast little canine companion, Jack Bauer.

Aside from her own ability to predict the manner of someone’s death, she doesn’t believe in the supernatural, and barely registers the news that girls have been turning up dead in Manhattan parks, with bite marks on their necks, other than to wonder if she predicted any of those deaths—because she can.

Then her bosses at the network decide they want to add something to Insatiable’s story line to spice up the ratings: vampires.

Meena can’t stand the idea.

But all these niggling worries pale when she meets a real live prince, one Lucien Antonescu, who deftly saves from her an attack of (wait for it) bats. Though he would feel better, for her own safety, if Meena remained ignorant of his existence, the two keep getting thrown together, and the inevitable ensues: Meena is soon in love with Lucien and vice versa.

But how will she take it when she learns the truth, that he’s not just a professor of Romanian history, in Manhattan to attend a friend’s lecture? That yes indeed, he is a real live prince, all right. . .

(wait for it)

That he is, in fact, the prince of vampires? In the middle of a vampire war, of which those bats were just one volley?

And how will Lucien keep Meena from ending up the next woman to turn up dead in the park? Killed by his vampire enemies?

And oh, good lord, how will they both, ever keep from (God forbid) *gulp* falling in love?

Well, I'm not telling. ;) You'll have to read it for yourself.

If you have at all been following my blog for any length of time, you know that I am a big Meg Cabot fan, I always look forward to a new Meg title. While it's different than anything one might expect from Ms. Cabot, while it could seem she’s jumped on the Vampire bandwagon (and I admit, I wondered why she would), it is different than most those popular right now, in that her contribution harkens, if you will, back to the original vampire love story: Dracula. No these bad boys don’t sparkle. Not a bit! But Meg Cabot's prose does, as ever.

Also, Ms. Cabot has added just enough history of Vlad the Impaler, to flesh out her vampire tale, and of course the quintessential Meg Cabot flavor is here. All serve to make this another entertaining read—even her vampire hunters are clever, witty, and, well, damn it, I’ve said it before of her, and I say it again, all her characters have some quality that make them downright endearing. but … I warn you, this is no Twilight. Lucien has a dark side to him, and could give Edward a run for his money, I think--but girls, I dare you not to fall for Lucien. I did, and I hope there will be another volume in this story, but if not. I’m happy all the same with Meg’s latest offering. If you are looking for a different spin on the vampire genre, do give Insatiable a look. :)

My rating for this one? Well, since this one goes on my keeper shelf, without doubt: 

You're not surprised, are you? ;)

If you'd like to, you can find it at Amazon, barnesandnoble.com or borders.com, (or if you like you can get it through my amazon store here) and of course any of your local versions of these stores should have a copy. Enjoy!

(There's another version of this review up at my Examiner pages if you'd be so kind as to give it a hit. :). You can do so here. Thanks!)

Blog hop September 19

Book Blogger Hop


The weekly blog hop. The question of the week concerned our favorite book blogs. Let's see, for me, that's easy. Just take a look at all the one's I follow! :) There's Abigail's lovely All Things Urban Fantasy, Jessica's cozy little rabbit hole, Jessica Rabbit's Corner, there's Sweet Vernal Zephyr's little playroom with all her sexy bartenders wandering her library, you know it's a repeat visit, and Eleni's fine Le Femme Readers, which always leaves one with, if not a good new title for the TBR lists, something to think about, or a smile, and Marissa's Sizzling Hot Book Reviews always has something interesting to read. :). And Dragons, Heroes and Wizards.  Heck, there are so many I love, and not enough space for you all. Thank you for all you do!

A few new one's I've found interesting this week are as follows: Reading Without Restraint and Splash of our Worlds, and The Cozy Reader.

Friday, September 17, 2010

A little help for Aspiring Writers

I Want to Be An Author: Now What?
by Kimberly Llewellyn
cover art: Tara Kearney
review copy provided by Kimberly Llewellyn

The task of the new writer can sometimes seem daunting. So many things to accomplish and think about: first one must decide what he or she wishes to write about, what genre they wish to write in—literary, science fiction, fantasy, romance, mystery? Historical novels maybe? Then the writer should—must—learn his or her craft. After that, when the writer has produced a work he or she can be proud to call theirs (not as easy as non-writers might think!) the job’s not finished as the budding author now must wonder what to do with that finished product. There’s proper manuscript format to worry about, crafting a proper query letter, finding just the right agent and/or publishing house to submit your baby to.



So much to think about, how do successful authors go about all this? Well, Tampa based Romance author Kimberly Llwellyn has produced a little guide to help the budding author sift through all this. Titled I Want to Be An Author: Now What? her newest little work offers a primer on how to get into print, with advice for every aspect of the journey from sitting one’s butt in the chair and getting that novel written, to tips on revision, and query letter writing, as well as where to look to find the most respected national writing groups (like the Romance Writers of America, or the Mystery Writers of America), to suggestions how to determine your genre, to the ever-pesky “Mistakes” committed by novice writers and how to spot and avoid them, to other more intermediate subjects such as how to interpret a rejection letter—or a revision letter, and what it all means.


Sure there are a lot of writers guides to choose from, from various magazines like Writers’ Market and Writers’ Digest, to how-to books written by authors, agents and writing teachers of many kinds, covering any genre you can dream up. But Kimberly’s has the bonus that the author has worked on both sides of the writing front lines, in publishing houses and as a published author herself. Her perspective may help you, if you’re just sticking your toes in the writing pond.

My rating for this one? Well,


If you’d like to take a look and see how her advice might help you in your road to publication, you can find a copy of Kimberly Llewellyn’s I Want to Be an Author: Now What? at any local Barnes and Noble or Borders, and if not, you can ask them to order it for you. Or you can get a copy at Amazon. Enjoy and good luck on your journey!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Stella!

Just a little plug for a friend. I'm very happy to see she's doing so well:

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Mailbox

As usual, I got so busy I forgot to do my mailbox again. So...this week, (Or rather the last week), I got a few goodies:

Loretta Rogers' book Bannion's Brides (*waves* Thanks, Loretta)

From Grand Central, Sins of A Highland Devil by Sue-Ellen Welfonder and Roxanne St. Claire's forthcoming (ARC! :)) Edge of Sight

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tuesday Teasers

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, but got the idea from Minx at Loose Knickers & Window Lickers. Anyone can play along! Just do the following. Grab your current read open to a random page. Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From debut romance author Kathy Lane's forthcoming SFRomance novel Bloodsworn: Bound By Magic
(This one is due out September 24th from The Wild Rose Press)

p. 99: "All she could think about was the charming man


she’d only met twice, yet whose image she couldn’t

get out of her head. One day and she already missed

seeing Devlin’s indigo eyes and mischievous smile.

How high school was that?"
 
(If you're interested in a little excerpt or to pre-order, you find an excerpt, and pre-order the paperback version here.)

Friday, September 3, 2010

New Q and A ...

I have a new Q and A up, at the Examiner, with debut Harlequin Author (and Florida girl) Leigh Duncan. You can see it here, if you like: http://tinyurl.com/23pny5r


I also have a few other articles up this week if you wouldn't mind giving them some click love. :) Thanks, y'all. Enjoy!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading, but got the idea from Minx at Loose Knickers & Window Lickers. Anyone can play along! Just do the following. Grab your current read


Open to a random page

Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
Just a short one this time. From Insatiable by Meg Cabot:
P. 51 "Meena." Jon loved his sister.
But she was totally, completely insane.
And she always had been.
Meena shook her head. "Jon. You know I can't help but love her. But she's trying to fix me up with some Romanian prince her husband's related to. Come on."

Monday, August 30, 2010

Leigh Duncan debuts with a stormy love story

The Officer's Girl
Publisher: Harlequin American Romance
cover art copyright: Harlequin Enterprises, LTD
review copy purchased via Turn the Page bookstore (online version)

Debut Harlequin American author Leigh Duncan’s debut novel The Officer’s Girl, sees a Ohio native, Stephanie Bryant moving to Cocoa Beach, Florida to accept a position as Space Tech's head of Human Resources. The only problem? The day she moves in a hurricane heads straight for Cocoa Beach, and the whole town is evacuating. All but Stephanie, who has no idea the storm had any chance of coming ashore.

Enter Cocoa Beach policeman Brett Lincoln who, when he tries to explain this to the feisty brunette, can't get a word in edgewise for the first ten minutes. Rightly flabbergasted by what Brett has to tell her, she high-tails through evacuation traffic to Orlando, meets and rides out the storm with some of Brett's best friends. From there, Brett and Stephanie keep running into each other, and it seems fate is definitely at work as the two quickly move from combatants to friends, into a Relationship with one another. But, can they weather each others' foibles? Or will the end up tangled up in Hurricane Arlene's wreckage? You'll have to read to find out.

I had the privilege of attending Ms. Duncan's workshop when she visited a meeting of the Tampa Area Romance Authors back in October of last year, and so I couldn't pass up the chance to purchase The Officer’s Girl when she participated in a group signing with author Roxanne St. Claire and others at Nora Roberts' Turn the Page bookstore. It was well worth the price, in my opinion, as it is an endearing first effort, the minor characters (particular Tom's twin girls) so adorable.

In fact, my favorite line in the whole book comes from them. P. 203. When the toddler Barbara sees Brett cradling a young boy he'd help around a picnic that day, Ms. Duncan wrote this adorable line: "...Barbara scrambled out of her seat and onto Brett's lap, framing his face with her two little hands. "No Unca Brett, No boys." *giggle* Just so adorable! So my rating for this one:

Since Harlequins don't stay on the shelves long a reader might not be able to purchase this one at any local stores (I could be wrong); but if you'd like to try it out, you can definitely find it at the Harlequin website here, or at Amazon, or Books-a-Million, or Barnes and Noble. If you like sweet romances, you will not be disappointed Leigh Duncan's The Officer’s Girl.

(As usual, a slightly different version of this is up over at my Examiner pages. if you wish to give it a click you may do so here. Thanks! :))

Sunday, August 29, 2010

To the YA readers

Poor Day at Paperback dolls  is looking for a book title she can't track down. Darned if I know what it is either (Charles de Lint maybe?). I'm not sure. Do any of my readers think they recognize it, please go leave a comment at Paranormal Obsession's page here:



Good luck, Day! I hope you find it!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

weekly mailbox

Since I seem to be missing these by a mile, let's start a new trend, how about a weekly mailbox roundup? Post it any day you like, but just once a week. OK? :) Here's mine:


This week I received an ARC of the soon to be released A HonkyTonk Christmas by Carolyn Brown from the fine folks at Sourcebooks.

Along with a couple Erotica/paranormal romances I listed on my other blog. So what'd y'all get?

More Battle of the Sexies stuff

Book Faery's having a grand ole time over at her site. LOL There's a Jennifer Ashley post (and giveaway) here. One with Karsten Knight,author of the (forthcoming in summer 2011--yeah, a whole year away) Wildfire, here, one with romance/sff/paranormal author Rae Lori, here, and quite a few more. Do check out the lucky gal's blog for more.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Smart Chick Kick it Tour

I just heard this, several YA/UF authors have gotten together for a book signing tour. Authors include Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Casandra Clare and others. Alas they are not coming close to my hometown, but if you're in Arizona, California, Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio or Texas, they'll be there. The complete list, according to their press release is:

Smart Chicks Kick It Tour
September 13th, 2010 - September 25th, 2010

September 13th, 2010, 7 PM @ BOOKPEOPLE, Austin, TX

Appearing: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Rachel Caine, & Cassandra Clare



September 14th, 2010, 7 PM @ B&N THE WOODLANDS, Houston, TX

Appearing: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Kami Garcia & Rachel Vincent.



September 15th, 2010, 7 PM @ The Refuge, hosted by BLUE WILLOW, Houston, TX

Appearing: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan, Margaret Stohl & Cassandra Clare



September 16th, 2010, 6 PM @ Plantation Commons, hosted by LEMURIA BOOKS, Jackson, MS

Appearing: Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Jessica Verday & Sarah Rees Brennan



September 17th, 2010, 7 PM @ Scottsdale Civic Library Auditorium, hosted by POISONED PEN Phoenix, AZ

Appearing: Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Holly Black, Sarah Rees Brennan & Kimberly Derting.



September 18th, 2010, 6 PM, Menlo Park Library, hosted by KEPLERS, San Francisco, CA

Appearing: Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa de la Cruz, & Kimberly Derting



September 20th, 2010, 6 PM @ VROMAN'S, Pasadena, CA

Appearing: Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, Melissa de la Cruz, Rachel Vincent, Margie Stohl, Kami Garcia & Mary Pearson



September 21st, 2010, 7 PM @ Encinitas County Library, hosted by MYSTERIOUS GALAXY, San Diego, CA

Appearing: Melissa Marr, Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Mary Pearson,  Rachel Caine, Rachel Vincent, Margie Stohl, Kami Garcia & Carrie Ryan


September 22nd, 2010, 7 PM @ Ventz Concert Hall at North Central College, hosted by ANDERSON'S Chicago, IL

Appearing: Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, & Carrie Ryan



September 23rd, 2010, 7 PM @ BOOKS & CO AT THE GREENE, Dayton, OH

Appearing: Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jackson Pearce, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, & Kami Garcia



September 24th, 2010, 7 PM @ JOSEPH BETH Cincinnati, OH

Appearing: Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jennifer Lynn Barnes & Margie Stohl



September 25th, 2010, 2 PM @ CHAPTERS BRAMPTON (Toronto) ON

Appearing: Alyson Noel, Kelley Armstrong, Melissa Marr, Melissa de la Cruz,
Jeri Smith-Ready, Kami Garcia, Margie Stohl & Jennifer Barnes

More details at their Smart Chicks Kick It site, here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Incapacitate me

Also, I hope to have some new reviews for you this week, but my carpal tunnel's doing a number on my typing hand. :( I may need to take a short break. But I have Leigh Duncan's new one almost read and ready to go. Just bare with the pain, please....Thanks.

ARCs Galore giveaway.

Just found this today, so ...sorry for not adding it to the weekly giveaways list. For the YA lovers, Carol's Prints has an awesome YA ARC Giveaway, go here to see. Open internationally, ends September 6. Good luck, all!

Hopping again.

Book Blogger Hop

Yep, that time again. This time the question of the week was:
How many blogs do you follow?


Surprisingly (at least it was surprising to me), I didn't realize it was this few, only 99 (well, now, over 100). I do check as many as possible every day. Or at least every few days, those that have new content popping up in the google read thingy.
 
And for the blogs I've found:
Aria's Dark Musings
Tome's Devotee
Read It In 7 Days
Starmetal Oak Book Blog
  And, another SF Fan (woot!) On a Pale Star

So, again, some really nice work, folks. :) I hope ya'll found some good ones this weekend.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Another win Wednesday

Demon Lover is giving away some books over on her blog, a copy of The Hunted of 2060 by
Ami Blackwelder here; Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, Deep Kiss of Winter by Kresely Cole, and Nature of the Beast y Hannah Howell in her 400 follower giveaway

Louise Marley at Bitten by Books

Author of Mozart's Blood is over at Bitten By Books right now (with a Kindle giveaway). Go here:
http://bittenbybooks.com/?p=29338

Monday, August 16, 2010

Paula Quinn introduces some Ravishing Highlanders

Ravished by a Highlander
cover art: Franco Accornero
review copy provided for my review by the fine folks at Grand Central Publishing


In Ravished by a Highlander, the first book in the new Children of the Mist series by Paula Quinn, the author introduces the reader to the MacGregor clan, by way of the dutiful Rob. He and his companions are on the way home from a raid when they run across a set of thugs attacking an abbey. Stopping to assist a severely wounded soldier, he learns these men are truly after only one novice nun: a young woman by the name of Davina Montgomery. Rob saves the helpless young maid, and decides to accompany her to safety.

But the girl only serves to puzzle him. Why would Protestant troops attack an abbey? Why would that dying soldier imply Davina was so incredibly important? Why won’t Davina tell her whole story, explain why she seems to know so much about English politics, and particularly, King James?

Davina’s got big issues, and even bigger secrets. The fact that she’s falling in love with Rob as they traipse across the landscape—erm, travel back to Rob’s mountain home, only serves to complicate matters. I won’t give away her secrets; you’ll have to read the novel to find out what she’s all about.

I have to be honest, you know by now I have issues with “historical” laced novels (sometimes lots of  bite my tongue, yell at the author for their mistakes, issues), and this one was no exception--except that it didn't bother me all that much.Yes, I know you'll be shocked to hear that.  But I really, really enjoyed Paula Quinn’s Ravished by a Highlander very much. The relationship between Davina and Rob, the plethora of loveable secondary characters, and What Might Happen to Davina and Rob, were very compelling. Some bits even made me laugh (when Colin and Finn’s names appeared for the first time, I had to wonder, did Ms. Quinn ever watch the WB/CW TV show Gilmore Girls?).


All in all a fine read, and I look forward very much, to the forthcoming sequel, Seduced by A Highlander, about Rob's brother Tristan. (Although, I really hope Ms. Quinn is considering novels starring Colin and Will!) If you love historical romance, I think you will enjoy Paula Quinn’s Ravished by a Highlander. So my grade for this one? mm....


As always, if you’d like to try this title out, it can be found at any of your nearby bookstores, or online at Amazon, barnesandnoble.com, borders.com or booksamillion.com.

Oh, yes, there's another version of this review over at my Examiner pages, if you care to give it a click? Please feel free, and thanks so much! Enjoy the read.

monday mailbox (August 16)

This Meme conceived by Marcia at the Printed Page.

Well, I didn't get these in my mailbox perse, but I picked them up from the freebies table at my writers' meeting, so...

Seduced by Shadows by Jessa Slade
Killing Me Softly by Maggie Shayne.

Also, I received a few ebooks from erotica author Desiree Holt (AKA Judith Rochelle, whose fantastic book Target I reviewed last week). She was tickled with the review *waves to Desiree* so sent me two ebooks: her newly release Paranormal Lust Unleashed and the currently available Do You Trust Me? So those will be added to the Soon to be read list. What'd y'all get?

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Attention all Tampa Bay writers

Deep Carnivale (Tampa's premiere literature festival) is open for auditions. Details in my article at the Examiner here:


http://tinyurl.com/247eaps

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Reviewing Target by Judith Rochelle

Target
by Judith Rochelle
publisher: The Wild Rose Press
cover artist:  Kim Mendoza
review copy purchased from The Wild Rose Press

In her romantic suspense novel, Target, Judith Rochelle sets her heroine Kathryn Holt into the middle of mess. When Kathryn visits her late father’s Tampa law firm, she overhears a conversation she shouldn’t. Her father’s partner—and coincidentally her fiancĂ©—Peter Fleming is having a little late night chat with someone, in which they are planning to kill her, as she is in the way of their “business”. Panicked, Kathryn snatches a small flash drive from the firm’s laptop computer, and escapes Tampa—and Peter’s clutches—just in the nick of time.


But they know she’s got that flash drive and because of what precious information it contains, Peter and his cohorts (a very large drug cartel) go into overdrive searching for her, something that doesn’t escape the feds after them. Despite her attempts to hide, the cartel will do anything, go anywhere to catch the meddling Kate (as she's now calling herself), before she and the flash drive fall into the wrong hands.

Unfortunately, Kate’s a wee bit smarter than they anticipated and always one step ahead of them. Somehow, she makes it out of Tampa alive, all the way to Texas, where she ends up on the side of a highway in the middle of the night, with a broke down excuse for a car, a bad case of nerves, and assisted by Quinn, a man who has had his own bumpy road in life—and soon Kate is head over heels in love with him. And Quinn, well, he’s the one man Peter and the drug cartel fear even more than the federal agents on their butts. (hehe) But they still want that flash drive, and they just might go through any obstacle to get it, no matter how many people die in the process.

In Judith Rochelle’s Target, I found a lot to love. I know, I know, I say that all the time, but hey set it in my hometown, and if it’s done well, I’ll probaby love it. This one I can say I did! :) It took me a while to get through it, being I got the ebook and we’ve been having “electricity issues” here, but, I wanted to know: Would Kate escape the syndicate’s clutches? Would Peter ever get his ego deflated, or survive the disdain of his cohorts? (and I swear I laughed a couple time—and started feeling bad at the way poor Peter gets lambasted, even though he was a rat you-know-what.) Could Quinn keep it together long enough to keep the woman he’s fallen in love with alive—and what is his story, anyway? That’s what I wondered, and no, I’m not going to tell you what happens. If you want to see for yourself, Target is available at The Wild Rose Press website, in both ebook and trade paperback format (as is the second book in Ms. Rochelle's Protector’s series—just released). Do check it out. I’m sure you will be pleased!

My rating?  I guess I'll say a straight 5 pearls again. The surprise of finding it set partially in Tampa just has me giddy, so I may be a wee bit biased because of that. ;)

At any rate, if you try it, and I hope you do, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I did! Oh and I have (yes, I know you saw this coming) a different version of this one over at my Examiner pages, if you'd please be so kind as to give it a click. :)As ever, thanks!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme that I have just discovered, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

•Grab your current read

•Open to a random page

•Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page


Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others! Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like.

OK, I ammended this alittle to two favorite lines from two separate pages. Oh, well... Anyway, here's mine, on this rainy Tuesday:

From Target by Judith Rochelle:(published by and purchased from The Wild Rose Press)
p.16:  "She knew Peter would be tracking her, which



meant her credit cards were useless. She had about


two-hundred dollars in her wallet, which wouldn’t


take her far, and she needed to change her method


of transportation. "
 
and from page 33: "If her life had been normal—normal?—she’d



have reacted to him like a cat to cream. But right


now her only concern was staying alive, and she had


no idea which side of that coin this man was on."
 
And which is he? :) I'm not telling....But I will say, I really enjoyed this book! :) Full review coming very soon! Until later, then. What are your teasers for the day?

Monday, August 9, 2010

Carolyn Crane's Mind Games

Mind Games
by Carolyn Crane
published by Bantam Spectra
cover art copyright Gene Mollica
my review copy picked up through the Hillsborough County Library

In Carolyn Crane’s debut novel Mind Games, a pleasant dinner out leads Justine into an encounter with an old enemy, and a flare up of her “vein star” syndrome. That awful disease that Justin is sure killed her mother. Her boyfriend Cubbie, however, knows her to just be suffering a panicked bought with the hypochondria from which she suffers. Justine successfully tamps down the panic attack this gives rise to, but the restaurant’s owner, who witnessed all this, mysteriously hands her a card and tells her he can help her control her attacks. Intrigued with the restaurateur’s offer, she returns the next day to glean what she can.

Turns out, it’s not so much that he has a cure for her, but offers a way to alleviate the attacks. If she will join his crew of slightly less than heroic crime fighters, his “disillusionists”. To put it succinctly, they’re all a little messed up, in various different ways, and they use those qualities to set the crime-ridden Midcity straight as best they can. Justine isn’t at all sure Packard’s on the up and up, but once he shows her how to “Zing” her fear into him—a thing that helps her deal with her hypochondriac fears quite effectively—well, she convinced there might be something to his idea of reforming criminals through disillusioning them (ie. psychically forcing them to see the error of their ways). Justine instantly feels drawn to Packard, who is trapped inside the restaurant by his evil nemesis, and wants to do what she can to help, even if it puts her in with some nasty criminals.


On the other hand, she’s afraid there’s something really wrong with what Packard tells her—even that he might not be entirely trustworthy—specifically when she finds out what he’s not telling her and he and his old Nemesis and why he’s stuck in the restaurant.


What’s really going on in this little messed-up crime fighting organization? You’ll have to read this one to find out.

Well now, having read Mind Games, and given you that little synopsis, I have to be honest and tell you, my thoughts on this book are mixed. Though in the beginning I was quite curious about the novel, and while, in the end did find it a compelling read. . . I have to say, the back cover blurb didn’t even begin to come close to explaining the book at all. For one thing, there is no real “wizardry” involved here. In fact, the disillusionists seem to work with a good bit of telepathy, telekensis (very much like a SF novel) and what’s known as Reiki (albeit in a reverse fashion), more so than any form of classic fantasy novel magic. In that way, it felt more akin to Anne McCaffrey’s SF Rowan novels, than any Urban Fantasy or traditional fantasy book out there.

Beyond that though, truthfully, I'm really, really, incredbily, so very sorry to say... there were things about Mind Games that bothered me, certain moments when the book felt far too verbatim-close to other previously published UF novels for my comfort. Also, there were times when I wanted to slap Justine. For as despicable as the Nemesis and Packard seem sometimes, Justine could be just as shallow and mean.  But through the encouragement of Book Bloggers Anonymous, who recommended this one to me, (and since Ms. Crane was very, very kind to stop by and comment there)I persevered. I'm in the minority with this opinion, I'm sure, and I'm really sorry I didn't enjoy it as much as they did.  But in the end, I found Mind Games compelling enough that I can recommend it. Will I read the forthcoming follow-up Double Cross? Probably... This was Ms. Crane’s debut novel so I’m curious to see how she progresses. If you’d like to try it out, you can get a copy of it at online at barnesandnoble.com, borders.com, amazon.com or whatever your favorite local bookstore or library happens to be. My grade for this one?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

debut uf author Andrea Cremer Guest post at Book Faery's Battle of the Sexies

You can see and read her post on things that bother her about romance hero/heroines stereotypes here: http://tinyurl.com/24jaumj
Something to think about, for sure...

Friday, August 6, 2010

Finally, my Radiant Shadows review


Radiant Shadows
by Melissa Marr
Publisher: Harper Collins
Cover art:Mark Tucker/Alison Klapthor
my review copy provided by Ms. Marr's publicist.


In Melissa Marr’s latest novel Radiant Shadows, that being the latest title in her wildly popular YA series, it’s the next round in her world of Faerie, and the war between the dark and light courts is heating up. This time, however, the battle centers around a mistake made by Devlin, the most trusted member of Sorcha’s (AKA the High Queen, AKA his mother-sister) court. Quite a while ago, Devlin was charged with the duty of ending the life of a half-fae child Sorcha thought might be trouble down the line. Well, unfortunately, Devlin decided against following her orders, and the result? Now the girl, Ani, has grown up, and is a member of the Dark Court, the Wild Hunt, and probably as wild a half-Fae as they come.

But that is far from the thing that makes Ani unique. No, turns out all faeries feed off human energy, but Ani, can—indeed must—feed off humans, as well as faeries of both courts, in a sort of psychic vampiric way. The dark court, on the other hand, would like to find a way to harness Ani’s power for themselves. Which is, of course, exactly why Sorcha (who’s ailing in her own way, over Seth’s return to the human world) is afraid of her, and she would still be very happy to see the girl die, before Bananach (AKA War) gets a hold of her, and uses her to bring down the whole of Faery, and probably part of the human world as well.

And now, Sorcha’s decided to eschew her duties to Faery in order to sit in meditation forever, so she can keep an eye on Seth. With that to worry about, and Bananach and her supporters after Ani, Faery will be lucky to survive, and Devlin along with it.


So there is a whole mess going on, and really, ya gotta wonder, are they really going to get out of this one in one piece? I sure did.


To find out if they do, you can find Melissa Marr’s Radiant Shadows at Barnes and Noble, Borders, or at Amazon. What do I give this one? Well, I gotta say, Ani annoyed me a bit, but I loved Devlin, Rae, and of course Seth and Bananach. ;) evil though she is. All in all, I enjoyed it and look forward to whatever’s next for them. So, I can easily give it a 4 ½


(Truthfully, this grade woulda been higher if, you know, Ani wasn’t so annoying. Sorry...)

As usual, there's a slightly different version of this review up, at my Examiner pages. Pretty please, do give it a click?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Trailer Thursday

Trailer Thursday... I just finished Melissa Marr's newest novel, Radiant Shadows and...wow. I'll have a review up for it sometime soon (probably sometime next week. For now, though, enjoy this very snazzy book trailer for it.



Anna Small contest winner

Hiho, I hope everyone has been well. I'm sorry I'm late on this but, better late than never, right? So, to the announcement of the winner of Anna Small's little giveaway... The names have been tossed into Jed--erm, Anna's--cowboy hat and the winner is....

Marsha!




*trumpets and fanfare here*

We'll be getting touch soon, Marsha. I hope you enjoy the goodies. :) Thank again to Anna Small for taking the time to visit with us, and to everyone who stopped by. :)

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