Thursday, July 20, 2017

Book Club Thursday: Getting To Know Us Interviews

Hi Readers! It's time for Book Club Thursday and we are happy that you have joined us. A short time ago, we added a new feature-GET TO KNOW US. It is a way that my friends and fellow bloggers, Ann, Cyndi and I can share more of our personal reading thoughts with our readers. Feel free to ask us your questions also. We love hearing from you.

This month, each BCT blogger is featuring a short Q & A interview as a way for our readers to Get to Know Us a little more. Cyndi @ Born to Read Books will interview Ann @ Romancing the Readers. Ann @ Romancing the Readers is interviewing me @ The Many Faces of Romance and I will be asking Cyndi questions @ Born to Read Books right here at my blog. It's like a round robin of interviews.

Get to know Cyndi @ Born to Read Books

1) Name a couple of your comfort read authors

I love Teri Wilson, Jill Shalvis, Beth Kendrick and Stacey Ballis.

2) What are your favorite genres and do you think that your tastes have changed in the last ten years?

I’ll read ANYTHING if it appeals to me. I also think I read less strict romance now than in years past. I’m reading quite a bit of general/women’s fiction these days. Plus I’m really into Agatha Christie right now.

3) As a blogger and reviewer, what do think are the more important opinions to convey to your readers?

I think it’s important to NOT re-hash the plot or tell too much of the story – that’s what the cover copy is for.

My reviews are very brief- more of an impression of the novel. I could probably do with adding a few more lines though.

4) In a perfect fantasy world, what book or book series would you like to see come to the big screen? (If you could control cast, director, screenwriter,etc. We know Hollywood or Lifetime doesn't get it right, lol).

None really. I’m not a huge fan of adaptations for several reasons, the main one being they always “Hollywood” things up; meaning that they “pretty it up” by switching up characters or a happier ending etc.
That said, I am looking forward to IT and The Dark Tower and I’ve got several episodes of The Mist on my DVR (notice a pattern here LOL).

July 27th- Reading Challenge

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Book Club Thursday:Clearing Off The Bookshelves July 2017

Hi Readers! This week, my fellow bloggers and I are Clearing Off the Bookshelves. Yes, it's time to yank something out of that TBR pile to read. Our picks have to have been on the shelf for six months or longer. In my case, my pick has been languishing on the shelf for eight years. Groan. Did I mention I have a tbr pile for each year for at least the last decade? Hmm, so that's at least ten piles. How big is your TBR pile?

Girls Do Or Don't #4
by Cathie Linz
January 2009

Sociologist Emma Riley's new research project depends on a sexy bartender who wants nothing to do with her project—and certainly nothing to do with Emma. Too bad she's way too smart to ever take no for an answer.

I wish that I hadn't fallen behind on this series especially since it was the last book. This is the story of studious sociologist professor Emma Riley, the "smart one" in her family dynamic. She is back in her hometown to write about a research project dealing with how things changed and how other things stayed the same. She plans on interviewing bad boy bartender Jake to get his take as he is one of the newest citizens in town. He is really an extreme athelete who is laying low while dealing with an accident that killed his friend. At first he says no because he thinks she is another nosy reporter and she is not his type. When the bookish Emma handles herself well in an awkward situation, he rethinks his decision. And somehow, her mother gets him to be Emma's date at the upcoming weddings of both her sisters.
     The story is cute and basic Linz style. Though the plot is nothing new, it is still entertaining with it's bad boy with issues meeting the smart bookish "not his type" heroine. Jake is charming and sexy and slowly falls for the studious Emma. She figures she is not his type and tries to avoid him in the weeks before the weddings. Emma also can't stop thinking about him especially since his apartment is across the alley from her studio apartment. They both have some issues, but the reader knows that they are meant to be together. Jake is a typical hard headed male, making the heroine fall for him, then panics. Eventually after some soul searching, they get their HEA.

     Ms Linz passed away in 2015 leaving her friends and fans feeling her loss. She started in category romance before she went mass market. Her stories were all sweet, witty and filled with fun as well as some quirky characters. Our book club invited her to dinner a few years back and she was a lovely and warm woman which makes for a long-time memorable day. She is missed.

Get To Know Us Guest Post-July 20th

VT:MISTER HOCKEY by Lia Riley! Review & Giveaway for Sports-Themed Romance Lovers July 10th-14th

Her biggest fantasy is about to become a reality. . .

Hellion's Angels #1
Lia Riley
Releasing July 11, 2017
Avon Impulse

Jed West is Mr. Hockey. The captain of the NHL’s latest winning team, the Denver Hellions—and the hottest player on the ice—at least according to every magazine. .and Breezy Angel. Breezy has been drooling over Jed at games for years, and he plays a starring role in her most toe-curling fantasies. But dirty dreams don’t come true, right?

Then Jed saunters through the doors of her library, a last minute special guest for a summer reading event, and not only is he drop dead gorgeous up close, his personality is straight up swoon-worthy. He even comes to the rescue when she has an R-rated “Super Book Worm” costume malfunction. But when he mistakenly assumes she’s more into books than pucks, she’s too flustered to correct his mistake. And then comes a big kiss, followed by a teensy-tiny problem. Jed’s dating policy is simple: Never date a fan.

So what’s a fangirl going to have to do to convince her ultimate crush that he’s become less of a perfect fantasy, and more like the perfect man. . .for her?

I love sports-themed romances and MISTER HOCKEY is a perfect start to Lia Riley's Hellions Angel's series. Though not heavy into the sports in this first story, it provokes thoughts of what can go on in an athlete's life when sidelined.  The story begins with the sexy hot captain of the team, Jed West who has worked hard to be the best. There is also a relatable and realistic heroine in Briana aka Breezy Angel. As a former book seller, I am always drawn to bookish heroines who love to read. Breezy is a smart woman with a golden heart, loves chocolate and is curvy and clearly not a size two. Little does she know that her successful older sister Neve is bringing something special into her life, her favorite Hellion player. For her, life will never be the same. It's so amusing watching her try to remain calm in Jed's presence when her inner fan-girl wants to scream and shout out loud.
     The story is an entertaining read that moves at a "breezy" pace. I found myself laughing so much and I couldn't put the book down. Jed is a great guy and enjoys the fact that Breezy sees him as just Jed and really gets him. Recovering from an injury, he knows his near future will be full of change. He and Breezy have such a sizzling chemistry, and they have things in common-like family drama. But since he has a no dating fans policy, Breezy never finds the right time to tell him that she was a big fan of his after all. Unfortunately when the truth does come out, he does the typical bone-headed male move and nearly blows it with the woman who could be a part of his future. Being the admirable man that he is, he is man enough to admit when he is wrong.
     MISTER HOCKEY has all the things that I read romance for: fun loving lead characters, sassy banter, and sparkling (oh baby!) steamy chemistry. There are a crazy cast of secondary characters, light-hearted moments and the joys and pain of family life. I loved Breezy's grandmother, but I wanted to smack her mother in Breezy's defense. Sigh. Luckily, Jed is there for Breezy and their road to the HEA makes for wonderful reading. Yes, yes, yes I will be reading Neve's story with Jed's coach.

Jed West’s stomach curdled faster than overheated hollandaise sauce as he squinted at the menu for Zachary’s, Denver’s most popular all-day breakfast hangout. Ghost-like shadows haunted the specials list, blurring the descriptions for peanut butter French toast, country fried steak benedict and sweet potato pancakes. Ah, shit. Not fucking now. There went the prices too–the dollar signs and numbers blurring until barely legible.
No point blinking. He knew the drill. Jaw tight, he reached for his orange juice, took a swig and waited. Short bouts of double vision had dogged him ever since Game Seven, the pattern the same. After a minute or two, his focus would snap back to normal as if nothing had happened. Until then, he needed to follow one of coach’s favorite axioms: “Suck it up, Buttercup.”
Who cared about the damn menu anyway? He pushed it to one side, having already ordered the “Manwich”, chorizo and eggs smashed between a jalapeno cheddar biscuit–the kind of breakfast that wanted to kill you in the best kind of ways–and crunched ice. Too bad the cubes didn’t pass on their chill, because this. . .situation for lack of a better word, was getting under his skin and it shouldn’t.
No–Scratch that. It couldn’t.
Unexplained double vision wasn’t a walk in the park, but facts were facts. And the ugly truth was that if he didn’t quit batting his lashes like Scarlett O’Hara with a fly in her skirt, The Post’s toughest sports columnist would glance up from across the table, mistake his tic for a cheesedick wink, and go Lord of the Flies on his nut sack.
At least for the moment, Neve Angel was occupied. She hunched over her digital voice recorder, dark bangs obscuring her sharp gaze as she fiddled with the control settings. Her lips moved to the upbeat Buddy Holly song piping over the sound system while she plucked a mic from her messenger bag. His vision came back online in time for him to read the orange button pinned to the front.
Had a Ball at The Rock Creek Testicle Festival.
Christ, looked to be an authentic souvenir too.
Slamming his knees together, he forced a grin, the one that had potential endorsements lined up around the block, eager for him to shill everything from vitamin infused coconut water to shaving cream. He unwrapped the paper napkin from around the fork and knife, and began tearing the corner into neat strips.
No doubt the eye thing was fatigue-related, an inevitable toll from the grueling NHL season and subsequent hard-fought playoffs. Everything would be all right in the end. If it wasn’t all right, it wasn’t the end.
You plan on telling me what’s up with Mount Napkin Shreds?” Neve leaned her elbows on the recycled wood tabletop, a signal they were shifting into interview mode. Her brows arched beneath her thick-cut bangs. “Nervous about being in the hot seat, princess?”
Yeah, terrified,” he answered laconically, not missing a beat. Hiding his true feelings behind a mask of confidence was a reflex; it came with the territory of having the “C” stitched on the front of his jersey. A good captain never showed fear to an opponent. “A jackal’s bark is worse then it’s bite.”
Jackal? Don’t tell me you’re using Gunnarisms now.” She rolled her eyes. “And I’d so wanted to enjoy my bagel without gagging.”
The Hellions Head Coach, Tor Gunnar, had a reputation for dismissing the press as “jackals.” He fostered a tense relationship with journalists, in particular, the tiny woman sitting opposite. Neve had run a piece on his divorce a few years ago. He retaliated by refusing to call on her during press conferences. Neve hit back with increasingly critical op-eds. Their mutual enmity had devolved to the stuff of local legend.

After studying at the University of Montana-Missoula, Lia Riley scoured the world armed only with a backpack, overconfidence and a terrible sense of direction. She counts shooting vodka with a Ukranian mechanic in Antarctica, sipping yerba mate with gauchos in Chile and swilling fourex with stationhands in Outback Australia among her accomplishments.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Pre-Release Blitz:READY TO RUN by Lauren Layne July 12th!

A reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: 
a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

I Do, I Don't #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing Aug 22, 2017

The Bachelor meets The Runaway Bride in this addictive romance novel about a reality TV producer falling for her would-be star: a Montana heartthrob who wants nothing to do with the show.

Jordan Carpenter thinks she’s finally found the perfect candidate for Jilted, a new dating show about runaway grooms: Luke Elliott, a playboy firefighter who’s left not one but three brides at the altar. The only problem? Luke refuses to answer Jordan’s emails or return her calls. Which is how she ends up on a flight to Montana to recruit him in person. It’s not Manhattan but at least the locals in Lucky Hollow seem friendly . . . except for Luke, who’s more intense—and way hotter—than the slick womanizer Jordan expected.

Eager to put the past behind him, Luke has zero intention of following this gorgeous, fast-talking city girl back to New York. But before he can send her packing, Jordan’s everywhere: at his favorite bar, the county fair, even his exes’ book club. Annoyingly, everyone in Lucky Hollow seems to like her—and deep down, she’s starting to grow on him too. But the more he fights her constant pestering, the more Luke finds himself wishing that Jordan would kick off her high heels and make herself comfortable in his arms.


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of romantic comedies. She lives in New York City with her husband.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career. She signed with her agent in 2012, and her first book was published in summer of 2013. Since then, she's written over two dozen books, hitting the USA TODAYNew York Times, iBooks, and Amazon bestseller lists.

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