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


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 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
(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,, or

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!


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:


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
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....

Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem

Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Draft2Digital
Courting the Stationmaster's Daughter by Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, jilted bride, older man-younger woman romance, Amazon kindle, kindle unlimited
Fifty Measly Bucks (To Save A Witch) by Juli D. Revezzo, time travel, dark fantasy, suspense, Salem Witch Trials, New Adult suspense, Kindle Unlimited
Dark fantasy, time travel
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
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
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
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 UnlimitedBicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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