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Book Review and New Release: One Night at the Spa by Kathy Lyons

  Title: One Night at the Spa Author: Kathy Lyons Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Pages: 74 Format read: ebook Rating: C+ One Night at the Spa is a short, steamy (pun absolutely intended), friends-to-lovers story. Kathy Lyons (who also writes as Jade Lee) is a new-to-me author, and I’ll definitely be reading more from her in the future. Kim Castillo managed a gym, since an ACL injury has sidelined her career as a pro racquetball player. The loss of her sports career is only part of her current problem, though. All the years of excessive exercise have put her libido on ice,…

Books on Sale: Audible Joins the “Deal of the Day” Fun (because I clearly needed to spend MORE money on books….)

Audible is kicking off their brand new “Deal of the Day” promotion today, offering Life of Pi on audio for just $3.95. Just last night one of my Quilt Night friends said she’d seen the movie and loved it, so this just seems oddly fortuitous, doesn’t it? She hasn’t read the book yet, but a colleague of hers did and said that they were very close. Has anyone else read it and seen the movie? What did you think? In related news, Amazon’s Daily Deal has I am Number Four on sale for $2.99 ( and you can add audio for…

August Ever After! New Releases from Entangled’s Ever After Line

Entangled’s Ever After line (publishers of romantic novellas–quick reads with a guaranteed HEA, a real win-win) has three big releases today–check them out!   One Night in the Spa by Kathy Lyons Synopsis What starts out as a simple massage treatment for spa manager David’s best friend Kim, turns into a night of seduction and sexual discovery.   Always relegated to the friend zone, David is determined to show Kim what she’s been missing…one erogenous zone at a time. Sure, their friendship is on the line. And sure, David’s hiding a motive larger than either him or Kim. But the…

Entangled Teen Ember Launch Party and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Entangled Teen Ember (a division of Entangled Teen) August 26th launch party! Today, we’re celebrating the release of DARKER DAYS  by Jus Accardo CHAOS by Christine O’Neil!   DARKER DAYS by Jus Accardo     Jessie Darker goes to high school during the day, but at night she helps with the family investigation business. Cheating husbands and stolen inheritances? They’re your girls—but their specialty is a bit darker. Zombie in your garage? Pesky Poltergeist living in your pool? They’ll have the problem solved in a magical minute. For a nominal fee, of course…   When gorgeous new…

Book Review and New Release: Risky Surrender by Robin Bielman (Risk It #2)

  Title: Risky Surrender Author:  Robin Bielman Series: Risk It Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 Pages: 109 Format read: ebook Rating: C+ Risky Surrender is one of three novellas being released by Entangled’s Ever After line on August 26th as part of their “August Ever After” promotion. Having loved Robin’s Kissing the Maid of Honor, I was really looking forward to this book. In the end it was an enjoyable read, but felt a bit uneven. Lucy Davenport is an archaeologist on a mission. She’s leery of love, because she feels that everyone she’s ever loved has died and left her–including her archaeologist husband and…

Book Review and New Release: Gamble in Gold by Natalie Anderson (Flirting to Win #3)

  Title: Gamble in Gold Author:  Natalie Anderson Series: Flirting to Win Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2013 (originally part of anthology Flirting to Win, published 2012) Pages: 97 Format read: ebook Rating: C+ Gamble in Gold is the third novella in a series set in London during the recent summer Olympics there. It’s a cute, quick read–though it’s one I definitely wish had been longer. Both the characters and the plot could have used more…though that is one of the dangers of a novella. Still, it was an enjoyable read with fun characters…and a dog named Mango. Lexie Peterson has always been shy and quiet. An…

What I’m Reading: Week in Review (8/23/13)

  Well, another family vacation is over (sigh.) and we’re that much closer to school starting up again (bigger SIGH.) This can mean only one thing: time for some serious denial! Nothing says denial like lots of non-school related reading, right? Though, sadly, I did sneak some school-related reading in there too. Even my denial has its limits. Unfortunately. On the first full day in the Poconos, my sister-in-law got us all tickets to see the minor league affiliates of the Yankees (her favorite team) play. I was a little concerned, because we woke up to rain that morning. (Not…

Books on Sale: Happy Birthday, Kindle Daily Deal!

To celebrate the anniversary of their Kindle Daily Deal (which I use waaaay too often, especially thanks to that darn Whispersync for voice), Amazon has more than sixty-five of their past deals on sale again today. You can find them all here. Highights: The book that started it all: Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief for $2.99. I have students who read this over and over. Adventure, mythology, and (eventually!) a budding romance–what more can you want? Except maybe a movie that actually follows it. But I digress…. A mystery that I read earlier this summer on audio…

Books on Sale and a Contest! Back to Reading with Tiffany Truitt

Entangled Teen and author/teacher Tiffany Truitt are sponsoring a “Back to Reading” (and back to school…sigh) contest and book sale for YA readers—and readers who love YA! I was thrilled to help out, since 1) she’s a teacher too 2) she’s also crazy enough to participate in NaNoWriMo and 3) just look at all those books! The classroom library—as well as Mini Moe #2 and yours truly—would love to get our hands on those! We’ll be taking advantage of the sale too; check out those gorgeous covers! Read on for all the details… From the Desk of Author Tiffany Truitt:…

Love in the Digital Age: Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros (Book Review and Book Club pick)

Title: Goodnight, Tweetheart Author: Teresa Medeiros Genre: contemporary romance Published: 2010 Pages: 240 Format read: ebook Rating: B+ Goodnight Tweetheart is a short, sweet, fun romance that definitely takes full advantage of the digital age we live in. The hero and heroine, Abby Donovan and Mark Baynard, “meet” in the Twitterverse. In fact, they don’t meet in person until the very last page of the original story! (Apparently Teresa’s fans asked for an epilogue so much she eventually added one. It’s cute and definitely worth reading, but I kind of like the open-endedness of the old ending. Especially when coupled with…

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