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Did You Know? August is Read-a-Romance Month!

If you read romance (and even if you don’t) you NEED to check this out. August is now officially Read-a-Romance Month! Bobbi Dumas, book reviewer, NPR journalist, and romance reader has put together this awesome event. Each day in August, THREE (3!) romance authors post on her site, telling why they read and write romances. Readers are encouraged to comment on their posts, and many of the authors actually respond back! (Kristan Higgins didn’t respond to me personally, which I’ll eventually get over. But Sherry Thomas and Marie Force did! Squee!) There are giveaways galore too, and a store to…

Book Review and New Release: Something’s Cooking by Meg Lacey

Title: Something’s Cooking Author: Meg Lacey Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Pages: 182 Format read: ebook Rating: C Tess Banyon has made a name for herself in the kitchen. She’s become, almost overnight, a “Martha Stewart”-esque personage (minus the pesky jail time, of course) across the country. When the “diva of domesticity” takes over half the space that was supposed to be devoted to his newspaper column and is on the verge of getting her own television show, investigative reporter Josh Faraday decides it’s time to strike back. Josh has been trying to pitch his own hard-hitting news program to…

Books on Sale: All of Entangled’s Bliss Line Just 99 Cents Today!

Entangled Bliss turns one this month, and you can celebrate by picking up any (or all!) of their 25 titles today only as part of the Amazon Daily Deal! I’ll be sharing a post on 8/21 about why readers love their line of books, but in the meantime, you can pick up a few and see for yourself! Now, I’ve got to get back to buying more books reading. So many books to read, so little time! [contact-form][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]

Book Review: A Dream Defiant by Susanna Fraser

Title: A Dream Defiant Author: Susanna Fraser Genre: historical romance Published: 2013 Pages: 90 Format read: ebook Rating: B+ A Dream Defiant is an unusual historical romance. First, it portrays an interracial relationship in the early 1800s—1813, to be exact. Second, its hero is not only the son of escaped slaves, but is also an NCO in the British army. Fraser admits in her author’s notes that she didn’t find any evidence of black soldiers fighting under Wellington during the Peninsular campaign, she didn’t find any data to suggest it was impossible…and Corporal Elijah Cameron was born. At the beginning of…

Five Reasons Why Cecilia Grant Kicks Regency Butt (Or, Why You Must Read the Blackshear Family Series)

Her characters are unique. In book two of the Blackshear Family series, the heroine Lydia Slaughter is a former courtesan, and during most of the novel, another man’s mistress. She has relations with a man who is not the hero for most of the book, and essentially enjoys it. She’s also a near genius with numbers and can calculate odds and count cards while gambling. Book one has Martha (Blackshear) Russell paying a neighbor to have sex with her daily for the purpose of conception—all to cheat her husband’s heir out of his inheritance. There’re only a few titled personages…

Quilting Craziness: Crazy Quilt Inspired Projects Past and Present

According to the Adirondack Museum’s site Common Threads: 150 Years of Adirondack Quilts and Comforters, crazy quilts get their name from the fact that their intricate piecing resembles “crazing”, the fine cracks that sometimes appear in ceramic glaze once it’s been fired. They go on to say that common folklore claims that constructing one would make the creator “go crazy”. If you look at some of the intricately pieced and painstakingly embroidered creations that have been made—they were all the rage during Victorian times especially—it doesn’t seem far off from the truth. Our previous trip to the Adirondacks included a…

Book Review: Home to Whiskey Creek by Brenda Novak (Book four of the Whiskey Creek series)

Title: Home to Whiskey Creek Author: Brenda Novak Series: Whiskey Creek Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Pages: 294 Format read: ebook Rating: C- The fourth Whiskey Creek novel, Home to Whiskey Creek, is Noah Rackham’s story. Noah is a professional mountain bike racer, but he also owns a bike shop in Whiskey Creek where he spends his off season time. He’s been in the series thus far as one of the group of friends that meet at the coffee shop every Friday—the one whose in-the-closet best friend Baxter is secretly (not so secretly, as it turns out, to everyone in the…

New Release and GIVEAWAY: Claimed by Stacey Kennedy (Book one of Club Sin series)

Loveswept books has a new book out today from author Stacey Kennedy! Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter drawing (link below) for a $50 Visa Gift Card and author swag too! NEW RELEASE ALERT!! CLAIMED Book Blurb:  A novel of erotic discovery and forbidden desire that goes beyond Fifty Shades of Grey.  Presley Flynn is ripe to experience her secret fantasies… and Dmitri Pratt wants nothing more than to fulfill them. Once inside the elite Club Sin in Las Vegas, Presley is nervous but excited—and determined to surrender to her every desire. Dmitri is her Master, and his touch is…

Book Review: Three Little Words by Susan Mallery (Book twelve of the Fool’s Gold series)

Title: Three Little Words Author: Susan Mallery Series: Fool’s Gold Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Rating: 3 ½ stars I always want to like Susan Mallery’s Fool’s Gold books more than I actually do. Don’t get me wrong—the setting is charming, the small-town feel is idyllic, and the characters are fun and quirky. They’re feel-good books, to be sure. I have enjoyed much about these books—obviously, because I keep coming back for more. Lately, though, their “cookie cutter” feel is beginning to overpower their overall charm for me. They start out with two characters—our hero and heroine—who aren’t in/don’t want…

Book Review: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning

Title: You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Author: Sarra Manning Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2011 Rating: 5 stars (Listened to audiobook) Loved, loved, loved this book. Neve Slater is an archivist (DON’T call her a librarian!) who spends her days listening to the audio memoirs of dead authors and transcribing them in the hopes that somewhere within them is a literary gem just waiting to be discovered. It’s been a largely unsuccessful endeavor so far. But she has found her own pet project: failed novelist and minor poet, Lucy Keener. She’s already read and loved Lucy’s autobiographical (and…

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