Thursday, April 17, 2014

Carolyn Brown-The Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off




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Available April 1st, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Book 2: Cadillac, Texas

My Review:

They sure do things different down south. This is one of the craziest stories I have ever read. Carlene find's the panties of a size 2 woman in her husband's briefcase. She knows he must be cheating because Carlene made those panties at her own lingerie shop. So she seeks revenge by entering the Chili Cook-off, something the cheat Lenny has been winning for years. Battle-lines are drawn by the townspeople, the church people, and by gender.
Some of the people are hilarious, some are irritating, and Lenny, and his mother are just awful people, but that is what is fun in the story. I can picture this as a TV movie or an episode of Hart To Hart on the CW.
I just wish Carlene would have put Lenny and his nasty mother in their place better. His mother was vicious. Carlene only wanted 2 things from Lenny, not the house or anything but her business and her family heirlooms, but he and his mother couldn't even be decent about that. Otherwise, the story was fun.

BLURB:

In small-town Cadillac, Texas, Carlene Lovelle and her cousins' fancy panty business, Bless My Bloomers, is booming. But irony strikes when Carlene discovers another woman's silk bikini underwear in her husband's briefcase. Lenny Joe hasn't just crossed the line, he's left it in his dust, so Carlene's taking her revenge to the kitchen.

For ten years, Lenny Joe's team has dominated Cadillac's Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. But with Carlene's Bless My Bloomers team now in the ring, it's anyone's game—and when there's pride and food involved, things are bound to get messy


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Book Club Thursday: Oops, I Meant That?!

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     Hi and welcome back to this week's edition of Book Club Thursday. For our topic this week, we are talking about those mistakes authors make in their novels. Do you blow them off, or do they make you so crazy that you correct them with a red pen?
     For myself, A mistake here of there doesn't bother me too much if it's something like a misspelled word, or a missing comma. In a sea of words, I can see even the best copy-editor or proof-reader missing something, plus I'm not the grammar police. The big publishing houses seem to do a better job catching things, at least they used to, and as a consumer, I don't want to be spending $8 to $25 on books that irritate me more than entertain me. If you notice on review sights like Amazon, Goodreads, and B & N, it seems like the main culprits are the indy writers and self-published that are skimping on proof-readers, even if they are giving the stories away.
     Here are a few examples that come to mind in and there was just something that didn't let the author or editor off the hook in my mind. I am not naming names, some I read too long ago, but the mistakes are something I have never forgotten:
1) The main character has a name change. Somewhere along the way, more than one author has changed the hero's name and it wasn't caught by the proof-reader. Richard became David for a couple of chapters and I did a double take and had to go back to see the blurb with the hero's name. Another author kept  alternating Johnny and Jimmy for her hero. So I see it happens to more than one author.
2)Crazy mistakes. In one book, the author mentioned the hero swimming barefoot in the sea, but when he came out he was wearing boots! I laughed at that one. This was on the first and second pages of the novella and it wasn't caught. I remember checking and double-checking for a few minutes.
3)Sloppy timelines. One author wrote two books that went together. The first one had characters and their lives and careers right after college, putting them in the mid-twenties age wise. The second book was about their children a couple of decades later. This put the original characters ages as late 40's or early 50's but one of the characters had a decade lopped off her age even though she went to college with the first group. Though the suspense stories were very good, the timeline gave me a headache and I just wish she hadn't mention ages at all.
4)An "Oh well, whatever!" attitude. My friends and I went to an author's book-signing and she told us her writing method and how she used sticky notes for reminders, etc, etc. In one of her books, the heroine was being stalked and the author mentioned a knife several times which was building up the suspense and when an audience member asked her about the knife and what happened to it, she was clueless and had forgotten about it. She actually just shrugged her shoulders and turned the conversation to something else. Kind of sad when you know that she is also a professor who teaches writing.
5)The big build up.  One author wrote a trilogy and it had paranormal elements and each story mentioned time and again about the big battle between good and evil, leaving you hungry for this climax to occur. So did she deliver? Hell no! She chickened out and just mentioned the battle was over and ding dong the witch was dead. And I felt cheated. Three good stories and the ending flat-lined and one of the heroes was left in an amnesiac limbo. Not a good ending for paranormal romance. We want the HEA! Do I still read this author, not really.

So what are your opinions on this week's topic? Please feel free to comment and let us know something that bothers you. And don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers and their take on this subject.

Don't forget to check back with us. We will be announcing our winner for the Cynthia Eden Giveaway with more giveaways in the weeks to come. Next week, we will be reviewing a story by Kathleen Brooks: Blugrass State of Mind. Hope to see you then.

Romancing the Readers-Ann

Born to Read Books-Cyndi

Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Edge of Darkness by J T Gessinger



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BLURB:

Six years after a shocking tragedy left her emotionally and physically scarred, Ember Jones lives a life of quiet isolation in Barcelona. Determined to keep her troubled past a secret, she keeps her head down and her heart locked up tight. Until the day a beautiful, mysterious stranger walks into her life, and her carefully controlled world is shattered forever.

Christian McLoughlin is unlike anyone Ember has ever met. Wealthy, cultured, and utterly charismatic, he also has dark secrets of his own. They succumb to the undeniable pull between them and embark on a passionate affair, but things turn explosive when the truth about Christian and the reason he came to Barcelona is exposed. As their dark pasts collide, the two unlikely lovers find themselves caught in a web of danger and deceit that neither of them might survive.

The Edge of Darkness, where hunter becomes hunted, no one can be trusted, and love is the most dangerous game of them all


My Review:

This is my first read of the Night Prowler series and book 4. There is something special about  J T's writing that is so good and I didn't feel lost while reading. This book is about shifters and there was non-stop action as well as having Barcelona as its locale. I read this in one evening. I also loved the connection between Ember Jones and Christian, it's magnetic. Ember has had a rough few years and non-human Christian can't stop the pull of his match, Ember. I liked this so much, I now have to get the first 3 books.



Author Bio

Formerly a corporate information technology headhunter, J.T. Geissinger is a self-professed “book addict,” devouring everything from Stephen King to Stephen Hawking with abandon. As a child she dreamed of one day writing a novel herself, but it took waking up one cold January morning with a shiny new zero as the second number in her age to kick start her determination.
Her debut novel, Shadow’s Edge, was published in 2012 and was a #1 Amazon international bestseller in fantasy romance and romance series, and won Best First Book in the Prism contest for published authors. Her second book, Edge of Oblivion, was a finalist for the prestigious RITA® award from the Romance Writers of America for Best Paranormal Romance, and she is currently at work on the final book in the six-book series, slated for release in late 2014.
Clowns, children, and housework frighten her. She can be bribed with Red Bull, a filthy vodka martini, or the promise of an In-N-Out burger with animal fries. A native of Los Angeles, she lives there with her husband who is on to all her tricks.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Fear For Me by Cynthia Eden - Another Great Giveaway!


Fear For Me: A Novel of the Bayou Butcher (For Me, #2)


Welcome back to this weeks  edition of Book Club Thursday. I am excited because starting this week, my fellow bloggers and I are giving away a Trade copy of FEAR FOR ME by one of our favorite authors, Cynthia Eden.


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Fear For Me: A Novel of the Bayou Butcher


She’s the obsession two men share: one wants her love, the other wants her life.
A shared passion for justice first brought Baton Rouge district attorney Lauren Chandler and US marshal Anthony Ross together—when each played their part in bringing down the infamous Bayou Butcher. The sparks flying between the two made it clear they weren’t just a legal dream team. Then desire had to make way for duty, and what they had was done. But it would never be over.

Five years later, it’s none other than the Butcher who gets things started again, when his shocking jailbreak reunites the lawyer and the lawman…and reignites their love. But this time, the pair is in danger of being permanently parted—by a killer with revenge on his mind, and Lauren on the top of his list. As a new wave of terror sweeps through the streets and swamps of Baton Rouge, one man will pit his boundless passion against another’s relentless hate, for the life of the woman who obsesses them both.




Author Info:


New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Cynthia Eden has written over thirty novels and novellas. She was named as a 2013 RITA® finalist for her paranormal romance, ANGEL IN CHAINS, and, in 2011, Cynthia Eden was a RITA finalist for her romantic suspense, DEADLY FEAR.

Cynthia is a southern girl who loves horror movies, chocolate, and happy endings. She has always wanted to write (don't most authors say that?), and particularly enjoys creating stories about monsters-vampires, werewolves, and even the real-life monsters who populate her romantic suspense stories.



This is a great romantic suspense story by an excellent and versatile author. I wish everyone that enters good luck. Don't forget to check out my fellow bloggers, too. We are doing the contest thru Rafflecopter and all you need to do is leave a comment on our blogs. Sorry, but this is open to USA residents only.







Kylie Gilmore Cover Reveal & Giveaway-April 10th


Daisy Does It All
Book Two Clover Park Series
By: Kylie Gilmore
Releasing May 8th, 2014






Blurb:

Reality is overrated…
Exhausted single mom Daisy Garner is shocked when her blog about life with Darling Husband and Baby Delight in their charming Victorian home brings a national talk show to her door.
Amazing! Except she made the whole thing up.
Panic! Now she needs to borrow a Victorian house and find a man to play her fake husband on TV.
Travis O’Hare steps up for the role, as long as she’ll marry him for real. He wants their son to have the stable home life Travis never had.
But before the wedding can happen, Travis and Daisy have to get through the interview with a ratings hungry host and a slick producer with ties to Daisy’s troubled past. When a winter storm traps them all, it begs the question: can two people pretending at love finally discover the real thing?




Author Info:

Kylie Gilmore was lucky enough to discover romance novels at a young age as they were strewn all over the house (thanks, Mom!). She writes quirky, tender romance with a solid dose of humor. Her first book in the Clover Park series, The Opposite of Wild, will launch in January 2014 featuring the oldest of three brothers and his lady love. The next two books in the series give each brother his dream girl (eventually).
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she's not writing, wrangling kids, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Book Club Thursday: Not Another Holiday Book!





Hi and welcome back to this weeks Book Club Thursday. This week we have selected NOT ANOTHER HOLIDAY BOOK for our theme. Do you love them or hate them? We have many holidays in this country, but only a few are really covered in the romance industry. There are a few for New Years Day, Mother's Day, and the pickings are slim for Thanksgiving and most of the rest. Would you really buy a book for $7.99 set on Groundhogs Day, lol. The big three that thrive in the romance world are Valentine's Day, Halloween (paranormals get things rolling) and the big Kahuna...CHRISTMAS!
     So yes, I am a sucker for holiday romances. Valentine's day is nice to read about because it's cold outside and what is better than being snuggled on the couch and reading a good love story? The holiday season starts for me when the paranormal romances start coming out in September leading the way for romantic reading Halloween thru Christmas and New Years. This week, I am going to share some of my favorite romances with you. 
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So I guess for me, it's a big YES to holiday stories, especially Christmas. They are a big part of my holiday downtime. Besides full size stories, there are plenty of anthologies filled with novellas of holiday romances. There is something comforting about sharing the holidays with a new couple or revisiting a special town from a favorite series you have been reading for years and catching up with favorite characters. Jennifer Ashley's MacKenzies and Christine Feehan's Carpathians as well as Drake sisters are three of my longtime favorites and there are hundreds more to an avid read like myself. I am happy revisiting them and their growing families at holiday time.
     Thanks for checking out our blogs this week. Let us know how you feel about Holiday stories in the comment box below. I can't wait to see what my fellow bloggers wrote and I hope that you stop by and check their blogs,too.



Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Great Deal for Live by Mary Ann Rivers! Plus a GIVEAWAY!






Bookbub Promotion $.99 from 4/2-4/8

Blurb
Mary Ann Rivers kicks off a new contemporary romance series—sure to please readers of Ruthie Knox, Kristan Higgins, and Jill Shalvis—where love can be found unexpectedly.
If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough. 
 Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.


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Mary Ann Rivers was an English and music major and went on to earn her MFA in creative writing, publishing poetry in journals and leading creative-writing workshops for at-risk youth. While training for her day job as a nurse practitioner, she rediscovered romance on the bedside tables of her favorite patients. Now she writes smart and emotional contemporary romance, imagining stories featuring the heroes and heroines just ahead of her in the coffee line. Mary Ann Rivers lives in the Midwest with her handsome professor husband and their imaginative school-aged son.
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