Monday, July 26, 2010

Carolyn Brown’s latest is one to love

 I Love This Bar
By
Carolyn Brown
Review copy provided by Sourcebooks.
Cover Art credit: RandeeLadden/Nevil Elder/Corbis; Sophielouise/Dreamstime.com

In Carolyn Brown’s latest contemporary romance release from Sourcebooks, I Love This Bar, she sets the stage in a small bar in Texas. The bar, known as the Honky Tonk, is run by a young woman named Daisy O’Dell who has nothing else on her mind than catering to her boisterous and quirky patrons. Then she trips into a newcomer named Jarod McElroy, and her whole, well-ordered world is set on its ear. While they are immediately attracted to each other, Daisy doesn’t want to get involved with anyone, content on running the Honky Tonk, and keeping her life as is. Jarod on the other hand, has come down to Texas to care for his ailing Uncle Emmett, who is suffering the effects of what may or may not be Alzheimer’s Disease (or just plain old age orneriness), and has really no time for any sort of relationship.



All that aside, Daisy and Jarod can’t keep their minds strictly on their own personal visions of the future. No, all they can think about is each other and that tangle they got into on the floor of the Honky Tonk. Daisy’s friends Chigger (yes, like the bug) and Daisy's cousin Cathy, and even Jarod’s nosy, ornery Uncle Emmett, aren’t any help, as they keep doing everything they can to play Cupid. When it succeeds, Daisy and Jarod aren’t really complaining—a fling’s not a bad thing, after all, is it? When Daisy really starts musing on things (the possibility of picking up her whole life and moving to Jarod’s hometown in Oklahoma, leaving the Honky Tonk to the whims of the badgering Billy Bob and his twin brothers) and when Jarod’s family find out about his affair with a *gulp* bar maid, things could get ugly.

All in all, I Love This Bar is a cute, quick read—think Urban Cowboy meets Cheers, and you get the idea. Though I’m sure some astute students of the genre might nitpick on her style, the story was, this reviewer thought, quite enjoyable (and I thank the folks at Sourcebooks for allowing me my review copy). Carolyn Brown peppers it all with the charm of the south, hot cowboys for you romance lovers to drool over, and plenty of atmosphere—and music. Lots and lots of country music references. So if you love all of the above, or even just a good contemporary that will leave you smiling, and looking forward to the sequel being released next month, this is the book for you. And if you’d like it, you can get a copy at your favorite local bookstore, or online at Amazon, borders.com or barnesandnoble.com

my score for this one? Given all the elements that made me love this one, despite the few technical things I noticed in it (that I don't think a non-aspiring writer would notice), despite not being hip to a few of the songs Ms. Brown referenced throughout the book, I did love it. So, I have to give it five pearls. :)


If indeed you do decide to check it out, I hope y'all will love this cute little novel too. Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Debut Romance author Anna Small Q and A

I'm currently falling prey to the mid-day fade....So, before I fade out altogether, I've got a Q and A with Romance author Anna Small over at the Examiner, today. You can see it here, if you wish. Enjoy!

Oh, and I am working on getting her to guest post at my blog, so ;) be on the look out for that!

Women of the Underworld at Maybe Tomorrow

Kelly Armstrong's Women of The Underworld is one I've wanted to read, but have never had a chance to. Have any of y'all ever read it? Maybe Tomorrow is holding a giveaway of the entire series, and swag and so forth, so maybe this is the time to try it? If you're interested, MT's giveaway is here. Good luck, all!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Weekly Contest lists

Wow. Well, let's see, I've run across some great contests, this week. as you know, Yzhabella's Bookshelf is having a guest post with Erin Kellison and giving away not one but both of her books: You can see it here. That contest ends July 31. So get over there quick, and good luck!

Also, my friend at La Femme Readers is giving away a copy of The Season of Risks (The Ethical Vampire book three) by Susan Hubbard. That contest ends July 31, and you can enter it here

And Tynga's Reviews is doing a (Oh, my god, I can't even imagine this! Mucho congrats, Tynga!) 900 followers giveaway including a copy of Clockwork Angel and Eternal Kiss of Darkness. You can see that here.

A Good Addiction you can see an author interview with Maggie Stiefvater, and of course, a giveaway. Check that out here.

Books at Midnight is generously holding a contest for swag related to Anastasia Hopcus' Shadow Hills. You can check that one out here.

The Undercover Book Lover has a huge giveaway going on with five titles to win, Andrea Cremer's forthcoming Nightshade, Kiersten White's Paranormalcy, Kristen Miller's The Eternal Ones, and finally, fantasy author Robin McKinley's forthcoming book Pegasus, and You can see details for that contest here.

Oh, and last but not least, Literary Escapism has an interview and giveaway with author Adrian Phoenix (the giveaway is for the signed copies of her novel Black Dust Mambo and a signed set of the Maker’s Song series. Wow! You can see that here.
So, that's what I've got for you so far. Good luck, everyone!

Erin Kellison visits YzhaBella's Bookshelf.

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Yzhabella's Bookshelf has a nifty post with author Erin Kellison, last week (July 16) that I just found, (sorry Yzhabella for the delay), wherein she asks a question: "What's your favorite opening to a novel?"

Pop by her site here to see it. The corresponding contest ends July 31. So get over there quick, and good luck!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Congrats are in order

Just had to share this: My friend and mentor Kathy Carmichael just found out her hilarious and fabulous first novel Hot Flash, has finaled in the Georgia Romance Writers prestigious Maggie Awards. :) Congrats, Kathy!

Blog hop finds

Book Blogger Hop

Another weekend, another few blog hop finds to share. :)

Oh, and this week, a question: What book are you dying to get your hands on? With me, right now, it's The Native Star by M.K. Hobson coming September 2010 from Bantam Spectra. I'll be tickled to see the Roxanne St. Claire out, for sure, and waiting patiently for word of a new book by Elissa Wilds, and the forthcoming ones by Carolyn Brown, and Cherie Priest.

Now for the new finds.
Addicted to Romance

Blkosiner's Book Blog

Bookend Diaries

Twimom 227's That's What I'm Talking About

The Wolf's Den, a neat little Urban Fantasy blog from whose recent post I learned I write book reviews that read like James Joyce! *laughs* uh oh. Is that good, or bad?
That's all for this weekend. Have a great one!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

How indie publishers can help charities

I just found this and think it's such a good idea. Please go read this post my friend Patty has up on "How Indie Publishers Can Raise Money For Charities"

Thanks for reading, and great idea, Patty! ;)

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

WW28 (week 3(?))





Wicked Wednesday 28 Meme courtesy of Cherry Mischievous





As I'm forever reading more than one book at a time, I have two quotes for you again this week.

The first, from Carolyn Brown's novel I Love This Bar:

pg. 28. The first full sentence reads:
"Daisy nodded and hoped Lucifer didn't jump up from hell to drag her into the fiery pits for agreeing with such a blatant lie.


From Melissa Marr's latest novel Radiant Shadows: P. 28: "Everything changes in time, Brother," Sorcha whispered.  "Go to Seth, and . . . be wary of War.  I would rather you were not injured."

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Jeanie London's About that night...


About that Night...
by Jeanie London
Publisher: Harlequin Blaze
cover art copyright: Harlequin(?)
review copy provided by: Jeanie London

In her 2002 Harlequin Blaze title, About That Night, author Jeanie London tells the story of timid, ladylike Dr. Julienne Blake, who, after breaking up with her fiancĂ©, and a complete makeover, decides she wants to shed her inhibitions. To do so, she takes up self-hypnosis, and with its help, convinces herself to seduce a colleague in the field, Dr. Nick Fairfax—and big shot in the world of renovations (and a notorious bad boy) who is in town for the renovations of a 19th century theatre, the Risque.

Trouble is, after their entirely hot one night, Nick is so smitten with “Jules” that he’s all for turning that temporary meeting into something more. Luckily, Jules isn’t so against the idea of extending it into a fling, but something even more than that? Well, that’s where Jules’ timid side starts to rear its head. After all, that would mean having to bring their relationship to the attention of her elderly, overprotective uncle, and that’s the last thing she wants.

While I picked my copy of About That Night up from Jeanie London, herself, when she was here in Tampa last March, I found About That Night to be at times charming, funny, and yes, hot. Nick and Jules and intelligent, and that too comes across quite well in the story, even when they’re flirting with each other (and they do flirt—a lot). If you’d like to check it out, I’m fairly sure interested readers might be able to find a copy at such local bookstores or I see it can be purchased at Amazon. (Oh, and I’ve heard she’s got two new ones out this year, already. So be on the lookout for those too)

Do check out Jeanie London’s About That Night, if you can find it; I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.


My rating?
 
(and yeah, well, it didn't hurt that the main character's name is similar to my own. :))

This review is also up at the Examiner, so if you would please, give that a hit here?

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Poll time

Hiho. I hope you all are having a good morning. So far, so good for me. I've been reading a bit this morning, thanks to the rain, and all, so I thought I would pose a question to you, my readers. Most of you know I also review titles on the "hotter" side, from Ellora's Cave and Wild Rose Press and so forth, whenever I can get my hands on them, on my other blog, Vixen's Reviews, right? Well, here's my question: I also, from time to time, read titles in the Harlequin Blaze line. In fact I'm reading one, right now, that I am particularly enjoying. This one by local-ish gal, Jeanie London:


So my question to you is, as much as I'm loving this particular book, do you want to see reviews of Blaze books here, or should I just keep them over at my other blog? Comments welcome.

Friday, July 2, 2010

A review of Anna Small's debut novel.


TAME THE WILD WIND
by Anna Small
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
cover art copyright: Nicola Martinez
review copy:  came from the author, and my friend, Anna Small

In her debut novel, TAME THE WILD WIND, (published by The Wild Rose Press) Tampa area-based Historical romance author Anna Small tells the story of a fiery redhead named Cassie Gibson, who comes out to New Mexico to claim her inheritance, only to find a man, Jed Hazard, in control of the property. As Jed claims to have won the ranch from Cassie’s father fair and square, he has no plans to give it up ownership any time soon. Cassie refuses to be turned away, however, and threatens to take the matter up with the local sheriff.


Unfortunately, with the local soldier’s fort occupied once again, Jed’s past, and the secrets he escaped after the battle of Gettysburg, just might be closer than they think, and Jed and Cassie’s perfect world just might crumble before they can settle into the comfort of married life.

When Anna herself gifted me with this review copy, I must say, I had only read a handful of western-set historical romances, such as paranormal historical romance author Susan Krinard’s; so I went into it, not knowing quite what to expect. But I found myself intrigued by the story she laid out here, for in Tame the Wild Wind, Anna Small has created a bittersweet, and sexy, tale of reluctant trust, hope, and love that may (or, may I be evil and say, may not!) conquer all, that left me biting my nails for Jed and Cassie, and peopled it with a cast of colorful cast of characters that I’m sure any fan of Western romances, such as this one, will adore. If you'd like to check it out, you can find it in Ebook format, and paperback at The Wild Rose Press.


My rating? Well, a lil ole



 If you like, please pass this review along to someone you think might find it interesting, it's also at the Examiner.

Thanks; and enjoy! Oh, and have a safe and happy July 4th!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Quick pre-storm update

I've been very lax in my updates this week. My bad. All I can say is I've been very busy, and not feeling 100% this week.  But a quick update before the storms show up:

1) Posted a new "New Releases" article at the Examiner. (If you have a chance to peek at it)

2) Finished Anna Small's Tame the Wild Wind, (writing up the review as we speak)

3) read more of Ann Jacobs ebook Hot In The Clutch; read more of Cara Elliott's To Surrender to a Rogue.

4) ordered Carolyn Crane's Mind Games

5) Sent latest writing project off to my beta readers. :)

Oh, and I just heard (waiting on Wednesday like) that Cherie Priest has written a  second book in her Boneshaker series, Dreadnought. Woot!
And....here comes the storm, so....Have a great night, all!

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