Friday, April 30, 2010

Amy Tan visits Tampa.

This is too cool. Amy Tan's going to be in Tampa. I wrote it up for the Examiner, here. If you're in town and want to see what she's doing. I just love her work--what I've read of it. :)

A scavenger hunt

Romance and Erotica author Tina Donahue is guest posting at Katie Babs' lovely Babbling about Books today, where she offers up thoughts on Alpha Males, and an excerpt from her new Ellora's Cave novel, Lush Velvet Nights. In addtion to that, she's also hosting a scavenger hunt. Go here to read all about it, and if you try the hunt, good luck!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A review of Patty G. Henderson's Ximora


XIMORA
by Patty G. Henderson
Publisher: Black Car Publishing
cover design: Boulevard Photografica
Review copy provided by Patty G. Henderson.

Patty G. Henderson's latest Brenda Strange mystery novel, Ximora, sees Brenda Strange having barely recovered from the death of her lover Tina two years ago, when Tampa cop Lisa comes requesting her assistance in a murder case. Something seems to be hunting the young men in town, as two bodies have been found butchered, their bodies drained of blood, and with odd words carved into their chests in what looks like Greco-Roman letters. Lisa charges Brenda with the task of finding out what those symbols may mean; when a brief meeting with an acquaintance of Lisa’s, a history professor, gives her nothing but a cold response, it leads her into a new conflict. Add to that the news that Brenda’s grandmother has passed away, leaving her with a startling bequest: box that only she can open and the news that she is a witch, the hope of her family, it’s a little too much to bear. Especially since she only just reemerged from her grief over Tina’s death.

Who is Professor Amanda? What does she want with Lisa, and what connection does she really have to the stunning statue of the Amazon warrior Ximora that she keeps in her office? What exactly is the statue and how might it relate to the murders plaguing Tampa streets? And will Lisa and her family, in deed will Brenda, survive to really sort out what they discover? You’ll have to read to find out.

Patty G. Henderson delivers yet another intense work in her latest novel, Ximora, one that, again, as always, leaves us thrilled, and looking forward to what her creative mind might offer next! :) This one was released through Black Car Publishing, and you can find a copy at Lulu.com , or at Amazon or Barnes and Noble, of if you'd like to get it through my Amazon link over there (points to left column) that be fine too. The book is available in trade paperback and Kindle.


my rating? Five pearls.

Monday, April 26, 2010

In my Mailbox (and other acquisitions) (6)

Well, there was just a copy of a friend's self-published book in my mailbox this week.

At the little used bookstore: Zbookz, in St. Petersburg, I picked up Book two and three of the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (The Second Summer of the Sisterhood, and Girls in Pants) by Anne Brashares
also Hide by Lisa Gardner, and Kingdoms of the Wall by Robert Silverberg. So, that's my list for this Monday.

Friday, April 23, 2010

blah day

Have a great weekend, everyone.Me? I miffed at you know who shall not be named. But I'm hoping to have a good weekend. We plan to hit a few of the local bookstores that we never get to, anymore; so that should be pretty fun. Maybe I'll have some more new acquistions to crow about, next week. :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Releases this week

Melissa Marr's Radiant Shadows released yesterday. :)
I hope those of you that get/got it, enjoy it! My review will be forthcoming, as soon as I can get to it...

Also, Meg Cabot's Runaway (the next Airhead novel). :) Y'all know how I love Meg Cabot so woohoo, here!

And Cressida Cowell's How to Cheat A Dragon's Curse (book four in the "How to Train Your Dragon" series)

And for Romance:
Amanda Quick's Burning Lamp

Oh, and my friend Anna Small has just had her first book released by Wild Rose Press. :) Congrats, Anna! Yes, I know her. In fact, she's one of my writing buddies. And I am very proud of her!

WW28(2)


Wicked Wednesday 28 Meme courtesy of Cherry Mischievous



Wednesday wasn't a good online day for me, so ...sorry this is late.  My book for the day is Tammy Kane's debut fantasy Romance novel Breath of Fire:
P. 28:
"I will not."

Elera inclined her head.  "A kiss, then.  If you cannot resist a simple kiss, Karl, your place is not with the Mattaen."

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Kitty's House of Horrors Carrie Vaughn Book

Kitty's House of Horrors
by Carrie Vaughn
Published 2010, Grand Central Publishing
review copy provided by Grand Central Publishing

Kitty's House of Horrors sees Kitty talked into participating in a Reality Television show, with various other supernatural folk. She's sharing a cabin in Montana with some vampires, a witch, a magician, two psychics, a were-seal Alaskan legistator, and a (not supernatural at all) Skeptic. Though she hates being dragged into television appearances, Kitty agrees to do this, and leaves civilation, and even takes the helm of some of the crew's scheduled "reality tv related activities" for lack of a better word. Then, the vampire's assistant is killed and Kitty's worry kicks in, only to get worse when she and her new friends find most of the production crew dead. What is going on? Who is out to get them? And will they all make it out alive--or not? You'll have to read this one to find out!

Having only read two others in this series, I can’t say whether or not Kitty's House of Horrors leads off the previous title well. I will warn you there are some surprising spoilers, but nothing that will ruin the book for a new reader. That said, Kitty's House of Horrors is another well done addition to the series—of course. How could it not be? And I’m glad the fine folks at Grand Central sent it my way. I have to be honest though, if there was one thing I didn’t like about the book, it was the Reality TV premise—but Ms. Vaughn pulled it off well, and I enjoyed the story more than I thought I might when I first read the blurb. So, if you’re curious to see what Kitty gets into now, and how this whole thing plays out, the novel came out in January, and it should be available at any bookstore local to you, I don't doubt, or as ever, online at Amazon.

There's a version of this review up at my Examiner pages, if you'd like to give it a hit. Thanks, and I hope you've enjoyed this review.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tuesday book trailers

I found, via Romance In the Back Seat, this nifty idea of sharing the week's favorite book trailers. So, here's a few I've found.

Kelley Armstrong's the Awakening



Kelley Armstrong's The Summoning

Melissa Marr's Fragile Eternity

Monday, April 19, 2010

In my Mailbox (again)

Well it's that time of the week again... just another Manic Monday... (and other such great songs devoted to this icky week day. ;)) So, thanks to the Story Siren for the Mailbox Monday idea, here's what I found in my mailbox as of the week ending Sunday April 18:

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn (thanks to the folks at Harper Collins for sending me a copy!)
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (Thanks, Amy for telling me I'd won this one from you!)

And...Did I mention Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr (thanks to Ms. Marr's publicists for my reading copy).

Oh, and Dawn of Eternity (E-book) by Kylie Jordan (from the fine folks at Cerridwen Press).

Plus I borrowed three more from my best friend, that came in the past week. *waves to her* So I'll get to all of these, in as fast a time as possible. :) Thanks to everyone who sent them.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Blog hop (2.1)



Because I found one more on the blog hop I wanted to share:

Lori's Reading Corner
She has some great reccomendations for Mystery--and this is good, because I've started reading more of that genre...well, romantic suspense, really but still....

Friday, April 16, 2010

Blog Hop (2)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Review of J.R. Ward's Dark Lover

Dark Lover
by J.R. Ward
Signet Eclipse, 2005
review copy from: Tampa Library system

There are so many vampire novels out there these days it’s probably hard to choose among the throng. One that I recently moved to the top of my TBR list, courtesy of a nudge from Jessica, is J.R. Ward’s the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I must say from everything I’ve heard about it, I picked it up at the library more out of curiosity than anything else. At any rate, the series consists of seven novels, currently, with the eighth about to be released. So I thought now would be the perfect time to give the books a try.

Dark Lover is the first in the series and it introduces the Black Dagger Brotherhood: an ancient band of vampires who make their lives alongside the human population, without (and this is different than most vampire series out there) needing to feed on the humans. In fact, for the most part, the vampires in J.R. Ward’s series tend to ignore humans altogether, unless they get caught in the crossfire.

But there’s a particular human the vampire king, Wrath, is sworn to protect, Beth Randall, a reporter at a small newspaper, who just so happens to be the daughter of one of Wrath’s “Brothers”. And poor Beth, while she longs for adventure, and is the darling of the local police force—and the desperately in love, somewhat forlorn, and suicidal inspector Butch (Brian) O’Neal—she didn’t want to be attacked by a rapist, or have the very scary Wrath show up on her patio with the news of her father’s death. That the meeting leads to instant attraction and *cough* an out of character (for Beth, anyway) one night stand, is a complete surprise.

But aside from her rapist and the troublesome Butch, there’s a society of vampire killers that would just love to rid the world of all vampires, Wrath, the Brotherhood, and Beth, included. That Beth’s rapist gets Wrath’s attention for his deed, and his usefulness as a future member of their clandestine group, is something they find mighty interesting. And in the middle of all this Beth has to deal with her instant love/lust for Wrath, his very colorful family, his ex-wife (and her testy brother) and Butch’s suspicion over all this! All while hoping her newfound family remains this side of the veil of life and death.

Ward certainly packs a lot into the 393 pages of Dark Lover. Beth was certainly full of spunk, and brave, and Wrath wasn’t always such a hardened, battle-scarred warrior. The thread of their love story was sweet. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the Brotherhood’s history but, that’s what a series is for, right? It did have some things I could’ve lived without (why would centuries-old vampires not have a better vocabulary, for instance? Butch’s suicidal streak wasn’t something that I enjoyed reading—but then that idea never is. And just for the record, though she gives her reasons for the vampires’ unique names, in the book, they bugged me. Sorry, I call it like I see it.) But, nonetheless Dark Lover was an interesting read, and one that I think, if you’re a fan of the vampire romance genre, you’ll find an interesting twist, if you get a chance to peek into its pages.


My ranking? hm...


This is also posted at my Examiner pages, so if you feel like giving it a hit, please do. :) Thanks.

A possible writing opportunity

I don't know if this is still the case, since it was posted in January....still, it might be worth looking into?

It says here, that Carina Press is interested in acquiring some historicals.

And some set in the Italian Renaissance--*salivates* ;) Good Luck to all who try!

Another great Giveaway

Stella at Ex Libris is approaching 50 followers and as such, she's hosting a giveaway of some great books. You do need to enter before May 2, though so go on over here and see what you need to do. :) Good luck all!

Addendum to Erica Ridley review

Oh, if you get a chance, I finally was able to get back into the Ex site, so I have Erica's review up there too. And, of course, it could use some hit love. *sheepish grin* Thanks.


I hate it when their site goes down....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Something Shiny Rambling with Vicki and Laurie

Oh, and since it's getting so few hits, I thought I'd point this out to you, my friend Laurie has got a post about women's likes and dislikes. And she's hoping to pick one commenter to whom she'll gift "something shiny"! You may see it here.

She tells me she's going to pick a winner tomorrow.

;) I think my brownie points are safe for the day. I didn't want to be *evil* and keep this to myself, after all!

Too Wicked to Kiss by Erica Ridley

Too Wicked To Kiss
by Erica Ridley
publisher: Kensington
review copy provided by: the author

Tampa author Erica Ridley debuts with a fine little gothic romance novel, Too Wicked To Kiss, in which she introduces us to Evangeline Pemberton, a young woman so desperate to escape the hands of her lecherous father that she’ll do anything. Even if it means being companion to a woman and her mother who aren’t that far above her father, in terms of their morals. Since rumor has it that Gavin Lioncroft is a man with a reputation that makes him the subject of gossip, far and wide. And it doesn’t make him a man with which Evangeline feels comfortable spending any time, let alone passing time at a party. But as the charge of the greedy Stanton’s, she can do nothing but agree to help in their scheme to entrap Gavin into marriage with their daughter Susan.


With them come a host of assorted characters—from Gavin’s sister and nieces, to his loathsome brother-in-law, an elderly man seeking his assistance in a marriage contract, and his sister’s drunkard brother in law—and Gavin is none-too-happy at the intrusion into his home, spending as little time as he can away from him, even resorting to using the mansions secret passageways to escape the ever growing group. But there’s something about Evangeline that intrigues him, something enticing. The attraction is instantly mutual, and several stolen kisses ensue . . . But Evangeline is keeping a secret from him that has nothing to do with why the Stantons are here, but it is something very strange—and fortuitous—as it just might help him escape the noose, when his brother in law Lord Heatherington is found murdered, and thanks to a row between them, suspicion falls upon Gavin.

Unless of course, Evangeline’s lecherous, hateful father arrives before they can unmask the murderer, and declare their growing passion for one another.

So what happens? Well, you know you just have to read this one to find out!

Erica Ridley’s Too Wicked To Kiss is a fine debut Regency romance novel, and has all the right ingredients: a touch of heat and spice, a surly and dark hero, a determined and likeable heroine, but she also made sure it was replete with despicable villains, hidden corridors and strange happenings, reminiscent of the Gothic romances of old, ala the BrontĂ« sisters—which this reader thought quite a nice touch. I think anyone who is a fan of the classic gothic romances will find much to love here. Do check it out; I’m sure you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

my rating for this one?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Melissa Marr tour dates

Any Melissa Marr fans, here? She's on tour right now in support of her soon to be released novel Radiant Shadows, you know, from what I hear. I have this list of dates, and thought someone of my readers might find it useful:

DENVER, CO April 22, 2010: Tattered Cover Book Store; 7:00 pm

LEXINGTON, KY April 23, 2010: Joseph-Beth Booksellers; 7:00 pm


ST. LOUIS, MO April 24, 2010: St. Louis County Library; 7:00 pm

BOSTON, MA April 26, 2010: Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge, MA; 7:00 pm


COLUMBUS, OH April 28 – May 2, 2010: Romantic Times Convention

CLEVELAND, OH May 12, 2010: Joseph-Beth Booksellers; 7:00 pm

PHILADELPHIA, PA May 14, 2010: Chester County Book Store, West Chester, PA; 7:00 pm

RICHMOND, VA May 15, 2010: The Fountain Bookstore; 2:00 pm

That's all I know so far. :( Unfortunately, it doesn't look like she'll be coming anywhere close to me, but I hope someone else out there gets to meet her. Have fun!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Quick morning update...

Good morning all,

Well, sorry for the lack of updates this weekend. I wanted to do the 24 hour, I wanted to post some other stuff here, but I had plans away from the computer. Maybe the book-read-a-thon thing will not conflict with those plans next year. However, I did try to do some reading yesterday. I'm about 2/3 of the way through Dark Lover (which has to go back to the library soon), and moving along in Kitty's House of Horrors, though not as far as I would like to be.

Congrats on everyone participating in the read-a-thon, though. I am with y'all in spirit! ;)

Friday, April 9, 2010

Book Faery's 140 follower giveaway

Do any of you follow Book Faery's blog? She's doing a "140 follower" contest at her blog, with some nifty titles on the winner pile. :) (and she's got a date with Gena Showalter soon too...) So!  Go check it out.
http://book-faery.blogspot.com/2010/04/140-follower-giveaway.html

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Susan McBride contest winner

First, let me say thanks to Susan McBride for the wonderful guest post she gave us, and for hanging in there with me through all the stuff that kept sidetracking the posting of said guestblog spot. Susan, thank you, also for being such a sweetheart! I look forward to our conversations. Please keep in touch!

All righty folks, now for the meat of this here post: the contest; yes, we have a winner. Picked by Buzz my Blog Random contest winner generator thingy, the winner of a copy of Susan McBride's The Cougar Club is:

Miranda(AKA Sweet Zephyr)!



*Applause and cue drum roll and trumpets please* Miranda, you should have my email by now, so as I soon as I hear from you, we'll get that ball rolling. :)

Thanks and I do hope y'all enjoyed this week's guest visit as much as I did!

A review of Kitty and the Midnight Hour


Kitty and the Midnight Hour
by Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: Grand Central (who sent me my review copy).

In Carrie Vaughn’s first novel, Kitty and the Midnight Hour, we meet Kitty Norville, a DJ at a Denver, Colorado radio station, who while bored with her usual midnight shift of AOR fueled music, inadvertently launches a talk show—not just any talk show, mind you. No, this one fast becomes a kind of “vent hour” for Denver’s supernatural community—Vampires, witches, and, (like Kitty herself) other werewolves phone in every night to air their grievances and woes. And lo, Kitty’s show turns out to be such a rousing success, she’s given the go-ahead to continue the format—and syndicated nationwide. So night after night, she sits in her booth with her engineer, chatting about all the psychological problems one never thinks of when thinking of adjusting to the life led by the Supernatural set.
But the job and fame don’t come without a price: Kitty’s pack and their pushy leader Carl do not appreciate Kitty’s newfound fame, at all; more immediate than their complaints and taunts, someone wants Kitty off the air, permanently—alive if necessary; dead, preferably. And they are willing to pay a skilled assassin to have her nightly appearances eternally canceled. And if that weren’t enough trouble for our heroine, the police suddenly show up with a problem of their own: there’ve been a rash of animal attacks. But now that Kitty has outted herself, live on national radio, are they looking at her as the possible murderer? With everyone from the local faction of normal folk terrified by the supernatural half of society, and the local vampire godfather, and the tent revivalists who traipse into town, and even those inside Kitty’s pack, upset with her success (and some would argue, loud mouth) is she truly in danger? Or is she just being set up, and by whom? You’ll have to read to find out!

If there is one downside to the novel, I’d have to say, it ended a little differently than I expected, but that’s not a bad thing really. Read it and you’ll see what I mean. In the end, I found this to be very enjoyable. Is it because of the unique setting, and its refreshingly rural landscape? Maybe. Is it poor Kitty’s trials? Maybe. (And no, I won’t spoil it for you by telling you how all this ties up, but I will say, it doesn’t parallel much in today’s market standard kick butt-take names endings) but it . . . well, rocks, in my humble opinion. :)

In the current saturated market of one New York set Urban Fantasy vampire/vampire hunter/werewolf hunter title after another, the tiny little tome that is *Kitty and the Midnight Hour really stands out. If you have not tried it yet, well, I think you are in for a treat.
You can find it at Amazon, or scoot on over to Ms. Vaughn's site for some other independent locations where this book is sold.


Oh, and my grade for this one:

For more on Carrie Vaughn see her home page or her blog (that has some of the best movie reviews I've ever read! :)

(Yes, I originally published this at the Examiner, but the book's one of my favorites, so I had to repost it here for my readers. :))

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Susan McBride Q and A

And just to continue the theme, Susan McBride graciously participated in my Examiner Q and A series. If you'd like to take a peek at that, you may find it here. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Susan McBride's The Cougar Club

And just to continue the theme, my review of The Cougar Club

Susan McBride's latest novel, The Cougar Club, marks her debut in the Women’s Fiction genre. In it, she introduces us to three friends: Kat, Carla and Elise, who are each living their lives as over-forty-somethings to varying degrees of success. But fate has trouble in store for them. Kat, a successful New York advertising exec, finds herself shown the door, but thankful that she has a loving boyfriend to lean on…

Or so she thought, until she arrives home to find him . . . shall we say, with his pants down.
Poor Kat has a conniption and heads home to St. Louis to sort out her life. Maybe it won’t be so bad. There’s the hope that her family has lost their quirky ways, and if not that, at the very least she’ll be able to reconnect with her old best friends, Carla and Elise—hopefully. Carla, St. Louis’ top news anchorwoman, is having her own troubles, working under the thumb of her snippy ex-husband, who, it seems would like to place the pretty, young new intern, Amber Sue, in Carla’s comfy anchor chair. And Carla’s mad as hell about it and not about to take it. The third in the trio is Elise, who, of the three friends, seems to be doing the best, with a successful dermatology practice, a son doing well in college, and the perfect husband in her adoring Michael—or does she?


Collectively they’re beginning to wonder, what the heck are they, at forty and suddenly facing a new threshold, looking into what seems to be a minefield of upheaval, going to do to straighten out their lives? One thing’s for sure, there are plenty of fish in the sea, even if most of them are under forty—or in some cases, decidedly gay. As the three reconnect, some threads of their lives start to pull back together, as others fray a little more. But with the right attitude, and shoulders to lean on, maybe they’ll decide this being forty thing isn’t so bad after all.

When Ms. McBride and Avon Books offered me this one, I must admit, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was pleasantly surprised by what I found here. Susan McBride’s The Cougar Club is a cute novel that I think I might compare it to, say, Sex and The City, (but . . . without hanging tooth and nail onto the NYC vibe—a plus, in my opinion!), or like, Kathy Carmichael’s Hot Flash. The novel deals with things I think any 40ish woman might relate to; the characters certainly have spunk and are endearing in all their quirks, their story, at turns, snort-milk-out-your-nose funny and touching. Even if you’re not quite to that age yet, I still think you might enjoy The Cougar Club. I can say for sure, I really did! And I look forward to whatever Ms. McBride releases next, whether it be a new Debutante novel or whatever. I’m sure it’ll be fantastic!

Of course I liked this one so much, I have to give it :

And don't forget Susan's guest post from yesterday, and the little giveaway. :) There's still plenty of time to enter.

(And just a little note: a slightly different version of this is up at over on my Examiner page, if you'd like to, please take a look. :) And I've got this fine novel linked up in my Amazon bar, there, if you're interested in getting it. :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Guest blog: Susan McBride

This blog has been on the back burner for awhile, and I'd like to thank Susan McBride for being such a good sport about all the delays. :) Her new book, I have to say, was probably one of the cutest I've read in a while. (Sure helped get me through jury duty *cough* though I can only imagine what people thought seeing me read it, hehe.)

We hashed out a nice post and contest for my readers. And I've really enjoyed speaking with Susan, the last few (thanks, Susan!). And so...now, without further ado, I'm turning the mike over, so...please welcome, Susan McBride!
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You Can’t Judge a Cougar by Her Stripes
by Susan McBride

Yes, I know: real cougars don’t have stripes or spots (not the animal kind anyway). They’ve got gold fur and big paws and think Ashton Kutcher would be mighty tasty for breakfast. But I digress. What I want to talk about are the misconceptions about THE COUGAR CLUB, my debut in women’s fiction that came out on February 1. For the first time in my career—after five humorous mysteries and two young adult novels—I saw ugly comments online about a book I wrote even before it came out, stuff like, “Do I really have to assign a book called THE COUGAR CLUB?” (Girl Scout’s honor, that’s a real Tweet from the fiction editor of a venerable publishing trade magazine, which didn’t end up reviewing COUGAR as promised.) And there were remarks along the lines of, “How dare this woman write such filth! How demeaning to her sex! This belongs in the DUMP.” (I’m paraphrasing, but the writer of one of those nasty pre-pub comments on my local newspaper’s site did capitalize “dump,” and I did envision her screaming while she typed it.)

I started to wonder if anyone truly believed the old maxim that you can’t judge a book by its cover anymore, because people were judging THE COUGAR CLUB before it even made its way onto bookshelves. Honestly, I never imagined that a word like “Cougar” could stir up such negative emotions. I’m a 45 year old woman married to a 36 year old guy, so I’ve been called a Cougar since our first date five years ago. Maybe I’m weird, but I found it funny, not insulting. I never hung out at watering holes in my leopard print hot-pants, on the prowl for a nubile frat boy. I’m more of an “accidental Cougar,” I guess, since meeting Ed happened purely by chance.

I think that’s what makes writing so much fun for me. I love busting stereotypes, in real-life and on the pages of a book. The women in THE COUGAR CLUB aren’t certified, card-carrying Cougars any more than I am (well, except maybe for Carla, who’s as much a Diva as a Cougar). Creating the characters in THE COUGAR CLUB—Kat, Carla, and Elise—gave me the opportunity to show the world how viable and amazing three 45-year-old women can be, even when their respective mid-life crises try to trip them up. I wanted these lifelong friends to reconnect at a time when they need each other most. As the book begins, Kat’s a successful ad agency exec, Carla’s a beloved anchorwoman, and Elise is a dermatologist with a thriving practice. Then Kat gets down-sized, Carla realizes the station’s GM is about to replace her with a newer model, and empty-nester Elise believes her plastic surgeon husband has lost interest.

The story is driven by their relationship to one another and the support they lend each other, through thick and thin. They live by the motto that you’re never too old to follow your heart while struggling with being middle-aged in a society that doesn’t treat middle-age kindly. Like so many of us, they’re seeking passion, in their careers and in love; and each of them, in different ways, finds it.

As a woman who found true love after forty and whose career came into full bloom after forty, too, it’s my great hope that readers of THE COUGAR CLUB will look past the C-word in the title (if it offends them!) and discover the humor and warmth that form the gooey caramel goodness at the center of the book. COUGAR isn’t so much about, well, Cougars as it is about celebrating life at any age. As Kat Maguire puts it:

Aging gracefully isn’t about aging gratefully. It’s about living life with your engine on overdrive, making love with all the lights on, trashing your diet books, and diving into the chocolate cake.

To that, I say “Amen!”
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Me too! So, for a couple more things here; the contest: To enter, please leave a comment, and your email address so I can contact you if you're chosen (your name-at-host.com is fine;and, US and Canada snail mail addresses only, please). And if you have not, please Follow Café Pearl with the google follow button to the right there. After all that's done, I'll pick the winner on Wednesday morning. :) Good luck!


All righty, a few more things. You have seen her book cover, right?


And how about Susan's cute videos?

on The Cougar Club:





and an interview with Susan McBride conducted by LipstickNLaundry





:) Cute huh? Well, go check out her new novel (links are in the Amazon banner to the right, or ...wherever you usually buy books. And...Thanks again to Susan McBride for the great post (and lastly to Jessica Rabbit for introducing us!). :)And thank you for reading. I hope you've enjoyed this guest spot!

Monday Mailbox

So. I found some goodies in my mailbox this week.:) (meme by Story Siren) It's easier to just list them, so:

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb
Both from Harper Collins.

I also received a PDF of some stuff for the other site ;) I'll list them there.



Thanks to all the publicists and site owners for all their help in procuring these titles, and they shall be reviewed (you know me--that is, they shall be reviewed if I'm not absolutely bored by them), asap.

Poison Study giveaway

Don't think I mentioned this at all (my apologies) but Cherry Mischievous is running a giveaway for a copy of Maria V. Snyder's Poison Study. I hear this series is fantastic, so....go here. She's also giving away the entire series, here. And good luck to all who try for it!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Blogger hop (1)

Thought I'd check out Crazy for Books' Blogger hop. And as I did, I found some interesting other book blogs.

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Demon Lover's Book Reviews Blog Button


Bitten By Paranormal Romance
Dearest Dreams

The Fiction Enthusiast

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Trying something a little different.

Well, you know how I can't always seem to stick to one thing, right? Well, yes, i've done it again. I've been reading quite a few ...ahem, rather adult things lately, so I thought maybe, this wasn't the place to put those--what with so many topics tied in here, most of a general audiences bent (romance aside). So I've decided to move some of the more R-rated readings to a new home. If you'd like to check those out, I'll be posting them up at the offshot of this one, Vixen Reviews. There's a new review I just put up, so please go check that out. :) (and, erm, follow it if you wish)I'm sure the author will appreciate it as much as I.

Thanks for putting up with me, and as ever, more stuff will be added to both as soon as I can get them read.

Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem

Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and Createspace and now Google Play
Bicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes, Google Play
Now at Google Play and
Itunes!
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Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
free with Audible trial, Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, audiobook
New audiobook @ Audible
Frigga's
audiobook @ Audible
Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
FREE ON ALL VENUES
Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionLady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot
House of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, Google Play, Itunes
Now at Google Play
Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle Unlimitedx

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