Thursday, December 31, 2009

January Contest

Thanks to Harlequin Free Book Friday, I'm offering a copy of Debbie Macomber's Home for the Holidays.  It was rated 4 1/2 stars on Barnes and Noble. 

Here's the book description:

Everyone wants to be home for the holidays…

The Forgetful Bride

Caitlin Marshall's trying to go home to Minnesota, but at the last minute she gives her airline ticket to a stranded soldier. So Cait spends Christmas with Joe Rockwell, who was a childhood friend—and is still a terrible tease, claiming that Cait's his wife. Oh, sure, they were "married" in a pretend ceremony when she was eight, but now Joe wants to make their "marriage" real!

When Christmas Comes

Emily Springer trades her Leavenworth, Washington, home for Charles Brewster's Boston condo. Then Emily's friend Faith comes to visit her in Washington—and instead finds Charles, a complete stranger and a curmudgeon, to boot. His brother, Ray, meanwhile, shows up at Charles's place, only to discover Emily living there. But through all the mix-ups and misunderstandings, among the chaos and confusion, romance begins to emerge….

In order to win a copy, please share with us your favorite holiday you and your family celebrate and how you will celebrate it in 2010.  For an additional chance to win, share a favorite recipe of that special holiday.  Don't forget to leave your email address to I can contact the winning person.

Happy New Year to one and all and thanks so much for stopping by Romance Author Buzz.

Review: Dangerous Highlander By Donna Grant

Title: Dangerous Highlander
Author: Donna Grant
Authors website

Book summary

He is magnificently strong — and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For three hundred years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses…and darkest desires.


Cara doesn’t believe the rumors about MacLeod castle—until the majestic Highland warrior appears like a fiery vision in the storm, pulling her into his powerful arms, and into his world of magic and Druids. An epic war between good and evil is brewing. And Lucan must battle his all-consuming attraction for Cara—or surrender to the flames of a reckless, impossible love that threatens to destroy them both…

Laurie's review
Rating 4/5
This book can go paranormal romance
Sexual content- very hot, not overloaded

This is my first book I have read by Donna Grant, I really enjoyed it, It has lots of romance, passion and dangerous immortal warrior’s that has a different God with in each warrior. The book really pulled me in to the Druid story line, it was fresh and didn’t drag.

Cara is alone in the world her parents was killed when she was very young, a nuns find her and talks her in she lives in a nunnery by the MacLoeod Castle. Cara has heard tails of the warriors but doesn’t beli...more This is my first book that I have read by Donna Grant, I really enjoyed it, It has lots of romance, passion and dangerous immortal warrior’s that has a different God with in each warrior. The book really pulled me in to the Druid story line, it was fresh and didn’t drag.

Cara is alone in the world her parents was killed when she was very young, a nuns find her and talks her in she lives in a nunnery by the MacLoeod Castle. Cara has heard tails of the warriors but doesn’t believe them until she meet them, she also finds out she is a something more than a regular person. I really liked Cara story line it was fresh and exciting, who wouldn’t want to live with three dangerous warriors. Wow, that the life for me…

Lucan and his brothers are hiding form Deirdre, but what they don’t know is they are not the only warriors or the only one Deirdre is looking for until they meet Cara and are attacked again. I really liked the brothers together they have been all alone for three hundred years then you add a women plus a few more warriors into the mix you know things will be interesting.

The sexual tension starts right off the bat, its not to long before Cara and Lucan both cave in, the sense are really hot, and exacting, I liked the one in the forest..

I really like the ending of the book, its had a big cliffhanger at the end that makes you crave for the next book.

The only thing I was very disappointed that it wasn’t made clear if Cara stays mortal or not, I hope this will clear up in the next book..

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

"Suite Scarlett"

"Suite Scarlett"
by Maureen Johnson

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

My Review:

Scarlett Martin's large family runs and lives in the Hopewell Hotel in Manhattan. The Hopewell has seen better days and the family will do what it takes to keep the business afoot. Scarlett feels like the only one of her friends who actually stayed in Manhattan for the summer. But she won't be bored long, thanks to a new guest, the glamorous Mrs. Amberson, checking in.

I loved Scarlett's relationship with her family, especially the tight bond with her older brother, Spencer. The characters and relationships were so well developed and believeable. It's so interesting to read about the family dynamics.

The plot was definitely different than I thought it would be, in a good way. Since Spencer is an actor, a lot of the story revolves around theater. This was a very appealing topic to me, and a great surprise.

Maureen Johnson has a fantastic sense of humor with lots of sarcasm and witty quotes. Her writing is very smooth and fast paced.

The only thing that prevented this book from getting 5 stars from me was that sometimes I didn't like the Scarlett character. She was a bit cold and selfish sometimes, especially in her treatment of her little sister who had battled cancer. This is the only complaint that I had about the book.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Romance: 4/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
Writing: 5/5

Bottom Line:
Overall the book was very entertaining with no slow parts. The subject was unique and not at all predictable.

about us/contact

If you found us then you already know we must have some things in common! Hopefully it's the excitement from finding and reading a great Paranormal Romance!

Thanks for visiting our site. Our names are Laurie and Stacey and we are two moms that recently found the love and excitement for reading again through Paranormal Romance books. We first met through Goodreads, which is a wonderful site by the way, and realized that we have a lot book genres in common. After talking back and forth for a while, we decided we wanted to share our love for books with others. You guessed it, PNR and Erotic are the favorites! However, we do read Urban Fantasy from to time. Our perfect book has wonderful loves scenes or just good sex whether it is PNR or Erotic, but the important thing to both of us is the couples stay together in the end! Between the two of us we have read multiple varieties of romance from historical to futuristic, so there may be a book or two on our site that isn't always paranormal. For the most part we will be sticking to PNR, Erotic and some Urban Fantasy.

We offer you our honest feedback of the books we read. We can not guarantee a outstanding review, but we are fair in all, even though we dont like it.

If you have a particular book you are considering send us an email anytime. It may be something we haven't posted a review for yet, or it might the perfect book we've been missing.

If you are an author and would like to send one of us your novel to be reviewed, you can contact either one of us.

Waiting on Wednesday (5)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it is a way to show off the books you can't wait to be released!!

This week I chose:
"The Fool's Girl"
by Celia Rees

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Release Date: July 20, 2010

The following description is from

A lush, epic historical novel by bestseller Celia Rees, with an added Shakespearean twist. Young and beautiful Violetta may be of royal blood, but her kingdom is in shambles when she arrives in London on a mysterious mission. Her journey has been long and her adventures many, but it is not until she meets the playwright William Shakespeare that she gets to tell the entire story from beginning to end. Violetta and her comic companion, Feste, have come in search of an ancient holy relic that the evil Malvolio has stolen from their kingdom. But where will their remarkable quest—and their most unusual story—lead? In classic Celia Rees style, it is an engrossing journey, full of political intrigue, danger, and romance. This wholly original story is spun from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and includes both folly and suspense that would make the Bard proud.

This historical novel from a great author sounds awesome to me! Shakespeare with a twist is always intriguing! I love the cover as well.

What are you waiting on this week??

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I'm Back!

Friends! Thank you so much for all your patience, thoughts, and encouraging words during this difficult time -- I appreciate it more than you know. I have missed the world of blogging very much. I am slowly easing back into things, and I have some good stuff in store for you all in the upcoming weeks.

The last poll ended a few days ago, and the results surprised me a bit! I asked whether you read romance comics for the art or the stories, and the majority of voters responded stories. I actually thought it would be the other way around... very interesting! I have put up a new silly little poll -- it may help to look through old posts for this one!

After taking the poll, here is some advice on "Fifteen Ways to Get Over a Broken Heart" from Young Romance #175 (October 1971). My favorite tip -- "Buy a hat." Finally. Sound advice that you can trust. These also work well for New Years resolutions!

Thanks again everyone. I hope your holidays were lovely and special and filled with lots of snow and love! :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Passion Untamed by Pamela Palmer

Title: Passion Untamed
( thrid book to the A Feral Warriors Novel )
Author: Pamela Palmer
Laurie's: 5/5

Book Summry:
Though the Mage witch Skye has a gentle heart, demonic forces have enslaved her, forcing her to kidnap Paenther, a powerful and dangerous Feral Warrior. Even chained and naked, Paenther is a cunning prisoner who seduces her, body and soul, turning captive into captor.

Paenther's pride demands revenge against the enchantress who emerged from the deep woods like a sensual vision and enthralled him, even as she makes his body burn with passion. Despite his fury over her treachery, Skye's gentle beauty calls to his soul, calming the wild chaos within him, and stealing his heart. But when evil threatens, Paenther and Skye's only chance at survival is to trust in one another . . . and the power of love.


Laurie's Review

Most people give this series a bad rap because of the charters names. Well, to me they are at least easy to pronounce unlike most books.

This whole series has lots of rituals and most of them involve sex.. I myself like the different rituals in this series, to me its separates them form the rest of shape-shifting series or at least none I have came across.

I normally steer away from books with quite a bit of abuse. I don’t like pain or, to read of pain in animals or humans, this book has both. If you can get by the abuse please try this book it kept me turning the pages just to see what happens next, most books like this I just put down and never pick back up but Palmer keep things interesting and dosen’t drag.

Skye is a mage or a witch she is the enchantress of animals, she has been abused by Birik form the young age of eight you say why did she not leave well, she has tied over and over he holds something over her, you have to read to find out what that would be I can‘t give everything away. But Birilk has Skye to kidnap Peanther so, he can become more powerful, That’s a little bit of Skye side of the story..

Peanther’s animal is a panther of course, but he has himself been abused by a mage named Ancreta more less tortured is more like it.. Because of the mage Ancreta he is losing his panther this is where Skye comes in she can help him connect back to him again, but it’s a long journey before she gets to do just that.

This book was a fantastic read for me.. I will be waiting for Vipers book, I think Palmer will make it very interesting especially after reading this one.

list of books in order
Desire Untamed
Obsession Untamed
Passion Untamed

Seattle regains title of 'most literate city'

Central Connecticut State University ranks Seattle no. 1 when it comes to literacy, based on an algorithm that takes into account number of bookstores, advanced degrees, Internet usage, library usage and newspaper readership.

Seattle has once again been named America's most literate city in a survey conducted by John Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, who has been conducting this survey since 2003. Last year, Seattle had to share the top spot with Minneapolis, but this year Seattle has sole claim to it.

Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., has risen to the number two ranking, and Minneapolis is no. 3. Seattle was first in bookstores per 10,000 population; first in educational achievement (high school/college degrees held by adults); third in Internet usage; fourth in library usage and 17th in newspaper readership. For the full story and the methodology of the survey

By Mary Ann Gwinn, Seattle Times book editor

Seattle Times Review of Jayne Anne Krentz - Fired Up

"Fired Up:" Krentz' tale of an ancient curse, a powerful lamp and a psychic P.I.

Seattle author Jayne Ann Krentz, whose novels regularly ascend The New York Times' best-seller list, has been expanding her fictional universe over the past several years with books featuring a rich cast of psychic protagonists. Originally conceived as a romantic-suspense historical series, Krentz's "Arcane Society" novels have gradually moved into later centuries, where her characters deal with the legacy of old formulas and artifacts that have unleashed both good and evil into the world.

Now, in the series' latest development, Krentz has expanded the "Arcane Society" novels to span three eras, writing the three novels of the "Dreamlight Trilogy" under not only her own name (which she uses for contemporary settings), but also her two pseudonyms: Amanda Quick (historicals) and Jayne Castle (futuristic novels).

Don't be put off by the complicated-sounding plot premises in Krentz's fictional world of psychics and "sensitives." Though there is a bit of a learning curve to encounter when you first step into an "Arcane Society" book, this series (like all good romantic fiction) focuses on strong relationships, fiery attraction and deep loyalty. The icing on the cake is the firing of the reader's imagination: What if you could, for example, touch someone's handprint and realize that he had recently committed a murder?

The newest Krentz, "Fired Up: An Arcane Society Novel, Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy" (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 368 pp., $25.95), is a Seattle-based contemporary story that's the first of the three "Dreamlight" books. Like certain epic poets, Krentz begins her saga in medias res; the next book will be set in Victorian London, and the final book in the future. These books focus on a unique artifact: a 17th-century lamp that looks like nothing special but possesses considerable power.

First created in the 17th century by the renegade psychic researcher Nicholas Winters, the lamp holds the key to the destiny of the researcher's male descendants. A metal vessel about 18 inches high with dark crystals embedded around the rim, the lamp can only be accessed and activated by a woman who is able to control the lamp's energy and call forth its light.

Krentz's protagonist, Jack Winters, is afflicted with an inherited curse that can only be lifted with the aid of the lamp. He needs to find not only that missing lamp, but also the woman who can activate the lamp — the psychic Chloe Harper, a private investigator. Her psychic sensitivity to "dreamlight" (the psychic traces left behind by dreams) also allows her to read fingerprints and other traces of those who once touched any object.

Chloe's talents make it relatively easy for her and Jack to find the 17th-century lamp Jack is seeking (it's in Las Vegas, of all places), and also for her to authenticate it. They aren't the only ones eager to acquire the lamp, however, and Krentz ramps up the suspense as they face several nasty antagonists. Only together can Chloe and Jack tap the full, terrifying power of the lamp and of their own senses — and, not surprisingly, the power of their increasing attraction for each other, which Krentz makes clear in some incendiary sexual encounters.

Lots of evocative Seattle descriptions and settings make "Fired Up" particularly fun for Northwest readers, who may start looking up and down our rainy streets in search of a little psychic energy.

By Melinda Bargreen

How to Set The Retail Price of Your New Book

When you’ve finished writing your book, and you’ve decided to self-publish, how will you determine the retail cover price for your book? Although current book prices may seem high, when you narrow the cost down to the bottom line, the reason may become clearly justified.

Keep in mind, if you pay a POD publisher (print on demand), most or all of the following may be included in your fee. When you obtain an estimate for POD publishing, check and see if it would be to your advantage to do-it-yourself. Remember, most often, paying a large sum of money to a POD publisher will not buy you any books. After your book is published, you will have to purchase your own books from them at a sometimes not so reasonable cost.

Starting from scratch, I will attempt to break the cost of book production down to the wire so you can estimate the cover price you will need to charge for your finished book. My estimates will be based on the average expense for a 5.5” x 8.5”, 200 page perfect paperback (soft cover) book.

Editorial cost – Unless you yourself are a professional editor or English major, we will assume your first real expense will be having your work edited. Cost - $400-$500

Layout cost – Although it’s not too difficult to layout the pages of your manuscript in book form, I strongly suggest having a professional do this for you, especially if you have an Index. Book printers take what you give them and print it. If you have even slightly misjudged the setup for your book, it can drastically change the final layout. Cost - $150-$250. On an added note, visit for some layout templates you can fill in yourself.

Cover Design – Your cover sells your book. Browsing customers who notice your cover amongst the hundreds of other books are obviously more likely to buy. Before you settle on a cover design, make sure you have researched what your customers will be looking for. Don’t skimp here. Cost - $100-$300

Printing cost – Your printing cost will vary according to how many books you order. For now, let’s assume you order the amount the average self-published author sells, 200 copies. Your cost will be $4.85 per book plus shipping cost.
(48 Hour Books is my favorite. They are an online company who print quality books for as reasonable a price as I’ve seen. Go to and enter the number of books, color pages, and zip code for shipping estimate.)

So let’s recap the cost of our 200 page book;

Editorial - $2.25 per book
Layout - $1.00 per book
Cover Design - $1.00 per book
Printing - $4.85
Total cost per book $9.05

Now that we know our expense for the physical book, what do we charge for it? Here’s where we now have to look at our “selling” expense.

Quite possibly, will be your biggest customer fulfillment source. Amazon charges a 55% commission on sales. Most wholesalers and distributers charge the same; some may be less (40-50%). But it is important to set your retail price where you can show a profit with even the highest commissioned distributor. We are most often responsible for the shipping cost to the distributer as well.

So will all this expense, we really need to set our retail price over $20 per book to make anything at all. But keep in mind; you will sell books to friends, at fairs, libraries, and some book stores, all where you will see a higher profit per book making the averages look a bit more appealing to you. Also, if sales are good, you might need to order more books, now the expense is reduced to the printing and shipping cost—looking better now?

Understand these estimates are for a retail product and do not yet include any type of wage for our time invested. The profit you estimate is your wage (before taxes).

Although these numbers may be disappointing to some, maybe we should we ask ourselves why we have the desire to write a book in the first place? If we are satisfying a dream, these estimates and financial mumbo jumbo will simply not matter. So enjoy the dream and if you can make a few bucks in the process, celebrate!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

In My Mailbox (6)

Happy Holidays, everyone!!

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a way for everyone to show off their new books for the week, including those bought, swapped, won, or received for review.

"A Dog Named Christmas" by Greg Kincaid

I received this one just in time for Christmas! I'm halfway through, review to come shortly!


"Gone" by Michael Grant

I've heard such great things about this series! I can't wait to read it!

What did you receive in your mailbox this week?

Friday, December 25, 2009

Drawn into Darkness

Title: Drawn into Darkness
The first book in the a soul Gatherer Novel
Author: Annette McCleave
My rating 2/5

Book Summary
Lachlan MacGregor looks like a rather hunky priest, but the 400-year-old undead hero of McCleave's entertaining paranormal romance debut is actually serving penance by gathering souls destined for Heaven, saving them from demons. He also keeps an eye on Emily, the superpowered 14-year-old daughter of his downstairs neighbor, artist Rachel Lewis. Rachel is shocked by her instantaneous attraction to a man of the cloth, but Lachlan's happy to act on their chemistry in between supernatural battles. Swords flash, spells are cast, and twist and turns come head-spinningly quickly, but Rachel is game for anything as long as she can save her daughter and find true love. Readers will hope for sequels in which Emily grows up to be as feisty as Rachel and as powerful as Lachlan

My Review
I have tied to read this twice but never could really get into this book.

I think McCleave did great in creating the Soul Gatherers, plus the whole good and evil but, I thought the story took a little to long to get to the point. I really didn't care for Emily at first mostly because of her attitude. I also didn't care for the sex scenes its was cheesy in how they went about it.

I will try the next book it's hard to judge the whole series by the first book.

Ways to Make It To the List - The Telegraph (Calcutta, India, Bookwise)

In the ‘books of the year’ lists that many newspapers and magazines publish at this time of the year, four features will be found in the list of 2009 that will tell the shape of things to come in the world of books.

First, the lack of unanimity between competing lists. We all have our favourites, and so do those who compile these round-ups of the year’s ‘best books.’ Therefore, there are few common titles that appeal to all.

But, not surprisingly, many of the titles in these lists are not from the bestseller lists that are hyped by mass-circulation magazines. Editors take their decisions based on their own assessment of which are the best ones, and this need not necessarily be their assessment of the market; aesthetic factors loosely defined as language, style and relevance of subject matter also play a part.

Second, quite a few deal with the leading issues of the day such as climate change, globalization and its discontents, the global financial crisis, terrorism and fundamentalism, and so on: they serve as backgrounders with some analysis thrown in. The line between up-market journalism and book publishing is becoming very thin now, partly because newspapers and magazines cannot afford to carry long articles with the background and the pros and cons of every issue. Besides, the common reader rarely reads editorial pages where ‘underlying causes and their consequences’ are discussed.

Third, since the digital age gives readers a wide variety of choices, clarity and definition, knowing what or who is the potential audience is the only way to break into the market. As a result, general interest is out, niche is in. This goes for fiction as well as for areas where the audience is ‘targeted’ according to readership surveys by market researchers.

Formula books that had been the main domain of publishers such as Mills and Boon have been extended to general fiction now, with editors telling authors what to put in or keep out according to the trends of the day. Of course, there are exceptions, but the general rule is to give readers want they are looking for.

Fourth, mass-market publishing is now a sub-division of the entertainment industry. So, an important consideration for a book to be published is its potential to spin off into television serials or sitcoms, or even full-length films.

Along with this is the growing realization that people are similar in their prurient interests — even though they may be sharply different in their civilized concerns — and the best way to capture market share is to cater to the lowest common denominator of sex, glitz, romance and violence. This formula had been in the making for quite some time, but has achieved much greater sophistication with the advent of computer graphics and digitalization.

Hence the question: Will these four factors provide the guidelines for future publishing programs? Where will celebrity books, which always make a big splash to begin with, fit in this world of hard-nosed business philosophy?

The answer to the first question is both ‘yes’ and ‘no’. It is ‘yes’ because these four factors have always been key to publishing decisions. In one way or another, they are all related to the market potential of the book, which is the main reason for the book’s existence.

It is ‘no’ because the emphasis is now changing with greater public interest in contemporary affairs that are not adequately covered by the media, and also because technology or the communications revolution has made the market that was hitherto out of reach more accessible. Editors can afford to take greater risks with proposals that were non-starters earlier. This is reflected in a slew of books on remote subjects that prima facie would have few takers. But India is a vast market and there will always be a few hundred interested readers provided one could reach them — which one can now. And once publishers succeed, celebrities will simply wither away.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Sending Warm Holiday Wishes Your Way!

As I'm getting ready for my family to spend the holidays here with me in Seattle, I just wanted to wish all of you who have stopped by this year to Romance Author Buzz the warmests wishes for love, peace and joy.  Thanks so much for spending time on my blog.

Happy New Year!


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Angela Cameron

I found this today on goodreads. I love Blood and Sex series by Angela Cameron if you have not tried them take a look at what Bitten By Books says..

Take A Bow-- Some End of the Year Awards

What is it about a little patch of pixels that can make me feel so good about myself for days? It's just a tiny blog badge, but it instills me with pride and comfort. (You like me, you really LIKE me!) So I'd like to give a big, heartfelt thanks to Elana J. and Julie Dao for thinking of me.

The specifics of the "From Me to You" award entreat me to reveal seven facts about myself, and choose seven worthy recipients. I'll try to make these fun:

1. My sister made me get up at four A.M. the Christmas I was six, so she wouldn't get in trouble by herself. The sight of that Barbie Dreamhouse made everything worth it. Ah, to be six again!

2. My parents always told us not to eat the candy canes off the tree before Christmas, but I'd take one with me on the school bus almost every morning and never fessed up. What can I say-- I needed my peppermint fix.

3. This year I got my husband The State DVD collection. He's been wanting it since it was just a rumor, and now it's his. There will be much rejoicing in our little shotgun.

4. I just started watching Mad Men and I won't be friends with any of you until you start watching it. ;) Oh, Peggy! When will you learn?

5. Sawyer is definitely the best character on Lost. What, that one wasn't about me? Sure it is.

6. I will watch Waterworld any time it is on. So will my husband. It's the glue that binds our relationship together.

7. I hate coffee. Will not drink it. I don't even like tiramisu that much because I don't like the coffee flavor. I'm a tea drinker. Mmm. I'm fixing to get me a hot chai latte here in a few minutes.

I'd like to pass this award on to:

1. Jennifer Shirk
2. Sherrinda
3. Voidwalker
4. Shannon M.
5. LiLa
6. Corey S.
7. Heather Z.

From Me, To Y'all! ;)

As for Julie's award-- which matches her blog-- I'm passing it on to these five bloggers, in the hopes that they, too, will pass on the Silver Lining to five others:

1. Icy Roses
2. Karen Denise
3. Suzanne Hayes
4. Rebecca Knight
5. Abby Annis

You all have helped me see the silver lining where all I saw was gray, so thank you!

I'll be back January 2nd, for the "No-Kiss" Blogfest! Don't forget to sign up!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Kiss the Highlander

Ttile: Kiss the Highlander this is the number four in the Highlander series
Author: Karen Marie Moning
My rating. 4/5

A laird trapped between centuries...

Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them ... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves....

My review:
Very good book it's different how many people get to go on vacation and end up back into the sixteenth century plus get a hunk that is a Druid that needs no sock to stuff his pants ya, thats in the book..This book did drag some before it ended but it was a good easy read. If you haven't read this series give it a try the first book was slow but the last four has been really good.

Shoot to Thrill

Title:Shoot to Thrill
The first book in the series, Passion For Danger
Author:Nina Bruhns
Laurie's: 5/5

Do this last mission and we'll tear up your contract." Kick Jackson, former CIA spy, has heard that one before. However, this time saying no isn't an option. Only he can identify a terrorist and stop a bloodbath - and Kick's conscience won't let him walk away. But one woman has the power to save him...

Nurse Rainie Martin wants to run like hell when Kick kidnaps her, but how can she abandon a wounded hero? Thrown into a deadly international game, Rainie soon realizes the gorgeous rogue operator has sent her orderedly life spinning out of control. To survive she'll have to face her worst fears ... including a lethal attraction to her captor.

From the glitter of New York to the desolate sands of the Sahara, this unlikely couple must battle to stay alive, while finding the courage to trust again - and even scarier, to open their hearts...

Laurie's review:

Wow!! what a book..This being my first romantic suspense it was awesome. It has it all action, blood, romance and great sex.. You cant miss out one this one..

Rainie is great with her hang ups she still has the heart to take anything on and she does it scared to death but at the same time she has the courage to do it.. Kick is just right for her..

Curl up with a Book and a Nook! Contest

Click here to enter the Curl up with a Book and a Nook! Contest.

Two contests:

1.) The main contest is for the Nook and it ends on January 5th. This post will remain sticky so people can enter until then.

2.) The Book-a-Day contests will be daily.


Good Luck, y'all! And Happy Holidays!

Kissing Blogfest a Huge Success!

But was it the huge turnout of amazing bloggers who participated, or do we all have our minds on one thing? ;)

I'd like to thank Sherrinda for hosting the Kissing Blogfest Mr. Linky on her blog, and I hope that you'll take some time today to read some new scenes. Sure, kissing scenes are fun, and for me, easy to write, but they're a part a greater whole-- someone's novel, their blood, sweat and tears for the past few months or even years.

I've been working on EVANGELINE for over a year now, and it has only just gotten to the point where I am truly happy with it. So I for one, really appreciate being a part of the fun, and receiving all your wonderful comments/compliments. It made my day yesterday, and my morning, when I got up and saw even more comments. I'm about to finish reading the scenes I missed yesterday, and spread the love. ;)

But wait, there's more... Check out Sherrinda's blog for more information on the next blogfest:

Annnddd, let me announce that FrankieDiane at Frankie Writes is hosting the No Kiss Blogfest on January 2, 2010. Sign up on her site to post your most tension-filled "almost" kiss. She's already got a list going!

See ya there!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Official "Kissing Day" Blogfest

I've been in a romantic kind of mood lately, thus I have succumbed to the charms of "Kissing Day" and it's attendant blogfest.

Here's a scene from the middle of EVANGELINE since I've rewritten it in third person. It's one of my favorites. Enjoy!

The neighborhood had changed. Last time she was here, there’d been fields and a few planters’ homes. Now it was one house after another, squeezed shoulder-to-shoulder. Evie drove by the four shotgun houses that sat on the property, colorfully painted and in great condition compared to some of their neighbors. Though she zipped past without stopping, she could see the small porches were covered in plants and none of the windows were broken.

Only a few more blocks and Evie arrived at Aristide Dulac’s house, a cheery yellow shotgun. Though he owned the building and the record said he lived here, it was a double. She didn’t know which door to knock on, but she hadn’t come here just to turn around and go home. She parked her bike and knocked on the closest door. Reggae music wafted out of one of the apartments. No one answered, and she knocked again for good measure.

As she took a step away from the first door, the second door opened, spilling the strains of a Bob Marley song into the air. Evie pulled off her helmet and glasses, ready to introduce her self when she froze.

Aristide Dulac-- for this had to be him-- was a dead ringer for his however many greats grandfather, just as tall, lean and gorgeous. His hair was a bit longer, and he had a trim beard, but the resemblance was uncanny.

Her feet wouldn’t move. “Mr. Dulac?” she said at last. “Can I talk to you for a second?”

Evie expected him to go inside, or ask what she wanted, but he only stood there staring. She stared back. Her heart hurt looking at him. She wondered if he liked books the same as Jude, or if he loved his mother as much.

When he spoke, Evie felt the vibration of his voice clear down to her toes.


He crossed the distance of the concrete porch between them without his eyes breaking their hold on hers and grabbed her free hand, his rough thumb scouring her knuckles.

“No burns,” Evie murmured, lips already pursed when he pulled her close, a strong hand on her back. In one smooth motion, he gently cradled her neck and crushed his mouth on hers. Her lips parted and she sighed.

Just as abruptly, his embrace ended, and his gaze darted up and down the street. He grabbed her hand and practically dragged her inside.

Though the apartment was Spartan, there were a few pieces she remembered from the old house. He shut the door. Evie turned to see him pressed up against it.

“How did you find me?” Though his head was lowered, he maintained eye contact, as if he still couldn’t believe she was here.

But she was right where she belonged. He was supposed to be dead, not posing as his own descendant. Had he time-traveled, too? What was going on here?

Here are some links to the other Kissing Blogfest participants. I'll be updating as I find more by my blogging buddies! Dig out your lip-gloss, folks, it's going to be a long day!

Karen Denise
Katie G.
Jennifer S.
Wendy Sparrow
T. Anne
Stephanie T.

Elana J.
Renée C.

Have a loverly day, y'all!

Sunday, December 20, 2009


Hi friends of Sequential Crush!

You may have noticed that I have been absent the past week and a half. On a very sad note, my mom passed away unexpectedly last weekend. I had to leave pretty quickly for the funeral and there was no time to post before leaving. It is a really hard time for me right now, but I will get back to posting soon. My mom was a big fan of Sequential Crush and I wouldn't want to let her down. So, sometime this week I will be back with more romance stories and a new poll. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

Yours in romance,


What are You Reading on Mondays (2)

What are You Reading on Mondays is a meme from J. Kaye's Book Blog. It's a great way to show everyone what you are reading this week, and maybe what you just finished or are planning to read, too!

Books I finished reading last week:

"Suite Scarlett" by Maureen Johnson:
I will be writing my review ASAP!!

Currently reading:

"When Seducing the Duke" by Kathryn Smith

I feel like I've been reading a little slower this week, there's been so much holiday planning to do!! Hopefully next week I'll have more time to read!

What are you reading this week?

Saturday, December 19, 2009

UK Cheltenham Literature Festival 2009


One of the oldest and best loved Literature Festivals in the world, with its signature blend of award-winning writers and world-renowned thinkers, the festival is a crucible for topical debate and discussion. It is a celebration of the joy of books, the thrill of debate, and the unique two-way conversation between writer and reader.

Mills and Boon author Sharon Kendrick at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 2009

Video Link:

What Makes a Literary Hero?

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a way for everyone to show off their new books for the week, including those bought, swapped, won, or received for review.

Only one book this week, but it's one I've really been waiting for!!


Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater

I can't wait to read this one! What did you get in your mailbox this week?

This Romance Novel Requires a Joystick

There is no shortage of buxom women in video games, but as a rule of thumb, they're too distracted by fire-breathing dragons to notice the strapping warriors swinging their big swords next to them. One new developer aims to change that.

PassionFruit Games is setting out to play toward an increasingly active female gaming market by inventing a new genre: the romance novel game
the rest of the article here

Chocolate for Inspiration: Holiday Giveaway!

Whew! The Messiah is over-- I ought to be REAALLLYY good at it by next year ;) -- and I'm still alive. I also got new contacts today, so I'm ready to get cracking on my new chapters (once I'm finished catching up with the last three episodes of Monk OnDemand, got to take my contacts for a test-ride, ya know!). In other wonderful news, okay, who am I kidding, this is much better news than everything that's been happening to me, Christina has an amazing giveaway on her blog.

for Inspiration: Holiday Giveaway!
: "Why is this the most wonderful time of
the year? Yep. You guessed it. I'm giving away a MASSIVE stack of books to you-
my fellow bloggers!

This Christmas holiday, I want to add a little
sparkle and fun to your holidays. I'm giving away three huge stacks of books in
the categories of paperback mysteries, paperback girl fun, and hardbacks."

So head on over to Christina's, to see the books you could win!

Happy Holidays!

Title; Making Chase
This is the fourth book in the series
Author; Lauren Dane
My rating 5/5


Matt is an expert and the Chase is on. Tate doesn't stand a chance. Book Four In the Chase Brothers Series. Tate Murphy is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. She grew up a million miles away from the easy life Matt Chase has had. She's spent her life pulling herself and her siblings up and out of that trailer by the railroad tracks and she hasn't looked back. Matt Chase is a dream of a guy and she's certainly not going to turn down a short fling with one of the most handsome men she's ever seen! Matt Chase has watched each one of his brothers find love and he knows he's ready for that too. It's all a matter of finding the woman who captures his heart. He's certainly sampled his fair share of them but none has moved him the way Tate Murphy does when he goes to her shop to thank her for some cookies and a thank you note. But as Matt gets to know Tate and appreciate her strength and unique beauty, he also realizes she's got some big self esteem issues about her past. To build a future, he's got to find a way past some big road blocks. Warning, this title contains the following: explicit sex, graphic language, some violence. [close]

My Review

I have to say Dane has made my favorite author list, I know these are erotic books but Dane's books are different they are not just full of sex like most erotic, you'll find romance in these books and great story lines. When there is sex its great and tasteful.

This is a great series you get close to the whole Chase family, each book each book comes with a different emotion you'll find yourself falling in love with the mother of these boys Polly and wish you had one like her.

This one is the first book out of all the books I have read over the last year that made me cry I'm not one for crying emotion here, but Dane writes Tate so well its like you can feel what she went through you don't get that much in a book..

Friday, December 18, 2009

Heat of the Night

Title: Heat to the Night
This is the second book in Days Dream Guardians
Written by: Sylvia Day

My rating: 4/5

summary of the book:

He is a vision from every woman's erotic fantasies. Existing in the twilight beneath sleep and consciousness, Connor brings them decadent pleasures, fueled by their sexual energy. But violence and strife now tear apart both worlds, and Connor must embark upon a quest into the mortal realm . . . and into the arms of one intoxicating enchantress.

Stacey Daniels has always been attracted to the wrong type of men—and the muscular, Viking-like champion on her front doorstep is no exception. She can hardly believe the wounded warrior is from another world, a world where erotic dreams are needed to survive, a world of terrible danger that has followed him to her home. Connor finds solace in her passion, but only time will tell if he can defeat the dark foe who hunts them . . . and if Stacey can surrender to the promise he offers with every electrifying touch.

My reveiw
This book was much better than the first, although this is an erotic book there is a lot less sex as in most.. The story line is stronger and you get to know what what a Dream Guardianis is.. Its a nice enjoyable read.

Beth's Book Giveaway!

Beth Revis at Writing it Out has some great news-- she has an AGENT! Merrilee Heifetz of Writer's House, yes, you heard me, Writer's House. Yay, Beth!

So she's having an amazing giveaway on her blog, where you could win one of the books (or the movie Serenity, or a gift certificate) that influenced her as a writer.

Now that I have an agent, I want to honor these works that taught me so very much. In order to do that, I'd like to share them with you all! Below is an entry form for a contest I'm going to be holding from now until the New Year. You can select any of the books (or movie) listed above--or, if you don't share my tastes, you can just get a $10 Amazon (or IndieBound or Borders or WalMart or whatever) giftcard and buy whatever it is that you want most or didn't get for the holidays.

So join in the celebration with Beth, and check out the Bookshelf on her homepage. Full of wonderful recommendations if you're stuck on what book to read next. Thanks, Beth!

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I thought I was safe.

I had taken all the proper precautions, but somehow... They've found me.

The rush of bat-like wings fills the sky above me. The revision demons. Circling, as if over a carrion Thanksgiving, but it's my hide they're after. They want to delude me into thinking my novel is dying.

But that's just what they want me to think.

I stand straight and shake my fist at them, cradling my manuscript to my chest. All the while, they hurl taunts at me, but I can't listen to them. For that is certain death.

I sling stones to strike them from the sky, and run-- shaking, but surviving-- to where they won't find me again. Not any time soon, anyway. My novel is safe.

For now.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pleasures of the Night

Title: Pleasures of the Night
this is book one in the series
Author: Sylvia Day
My rating is 3 1/2 stars

Book Summary
In the Twilight between sleep and consciousness, a battle rages between Dream Guardians and Nightmares. Captain Aidan Cross is a legend, as skilled in fulfilling erotic dreams as he is with the glaive that kills his enemy. Women see Aidan as part of their fantasies...except Lyssa Bates. Exquisite, desirable, enigmatic Lyssa perplexes this immortal seducer because she sees him as he really is. And as he attempts to unravel her secrets the unthinkable occurs: Aidan Cross falls in love.
Lyssa has been having the most incredible dreams about a man whose blue eyes hold the promise of decadent pleasures and tempting intimacies. And then he appears on her doorstep! This intoxicating stranger is just as irresistible as the man of her dreams... but with her surrender there is also grave danger...

Because Aidan is on a mission, and the passion that consumes them body and soul could have dire consequences. Loving the mortal woman prophesied to destroy Aidan's world is not only impossible... it is forbidden...

My Review

This is my first book by Day. I did enjoy the book it has great sex but the stroy was to predictable and fell short. I really did like Adrian and Lyssa together. Hope the next book will be better..

Oh! Ya Got Me!

Thanks to the wonderful Abby Annis, I've been tagged! This should be educational, if nothing else... Okay, question 1:

1. What's the last thing you wrote? What's the first thing you wrote that you still have? The last thing I wrote was a new scene I'm adding to my wip. And sadly, I'm afraid the first thing I wrote that I still have is an introduction and first chapter of a novel set in Bronze Age Crete that I started in grad school. When I moved out and went to college, my old story notebooks were the last things I wanted. I was reinventing myself-- I didn't need to be constantly reminded of how I was so desperate for friends in high school that I'd make them up.

2. Write poetry?
Good lord, no. Not since I was about thirteen and had a crush on a boy. It was sappy and awful, yet I think also had a paranormal element. Ah, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

3. Angsty poetry?
As if the world ever needed more of my angst. *insert eye-roll here*

4. Favorite genre of writing?
Definitely speculative fiction, and preferably YA. There's no genre that's more fun to write than YA speculative fiction.

5. Most annoying character you've ever created?
Definitely the goddess Isis from my trunked novel, The Uneven Parallel Plane (working title). She was a mega-beast, and in the most annoying way.

6. Best Plot you've ever created?
I really liked the plot to The Uneven Parallel Plane. It was fun, and had multiple pov characters whose destinies were intertwined.

7. Coolest Plot twist you've ever created?
If I told you, I'd have to kill you, just like the last person who asked me this question. ;)

8. How often do you get writer's block?
Not often. If I stall while staring at the computer screen, I just whip out my notebook and brainstorm.

9. Write fan fiction?
Actually, the first novel I finished at age 15 was a sort of X-Men rip-off. The short-lived Generation-X imprint was just getting going, and I loved the idea of a school for "gifted" kids. Turns out I wasn't the only one, lol.

10. Do you type or write by hand?
I plot and start writing longhand, but I can type as I go, too.

11. Do you save everything you write?
Just about.

12. Do you ever go back to an idea after you've abandoned it?
Occasionally. If I can't stop thinking about it. Like right now I'm thinking of destroying Mara's violin. Even though I'm convinced it would be gratuitously mean, I keep coming back to the idea.

13. What's your favorite thing you've ever written?
To be honest, I had the most fun with The Uneven Parallel Plane, which is why I'm thinking of rewriting it from memory.

14. What's everyone else's favorite story that you've written?
Evangeline. Betas love my hero, it seems. Ah, Jude, who wouldn't love you? ;)

15. Ever written romance or angsty teen drama?
I like to add romance to everything I write-- nothing is safe. And though my teens can be angsty, it's never because they're the unpopular kid at school, or anything mundane like that. More like they just discovered they're a dragon or something of that ilk.

16. What's your favorite setting for your characters?
I love New Orleans, but I'm liking Belle Epoch Paris, too.

17. How many writing projects are you working on right now?
Three. Deep Revisions of Evangeline, Mara's second draft, and I've been turning the UPP over in my head wondering how to make it work. So my head is at maximum capacity right now.

18. Have you ever won an award for your writing?
I wish. And I strive to, but I fear my work is a bit too escapist.

19. What are your five favorite words?
For some reason I love words that end in ate-- Propagate, formulate, procrastinate. ;) I also love the word affronted, but it's one I can rarely use in my writing. My absolute favorite word is lasagne.

20. What character have you created that is most like yourself?
Evangeline, I suppose, except that she doesn't like history, and I don't like exercise.

21. Where do you get ideas for your characters?
Everywhere and everyone. One character reminded me of my sister, so I even gave her my sister's name. Of course, she diverged as I fleshed her out, and is only remotely like my sister nwow.

22. Do you ever write based on your dreams?
Why? Does the world want to read a book about Zachary Quinto taking me to the drive-in, lol? I've never had a dream and said, whoa, I need to write about this. But I have had some dreams where situations in my wip will become more clear, if that makes sense.

23. Do you favor happy endings?
Yes, but with a caveat. Everything has to go pear shaped first and someone probably has to die.

24. Are you concerned with spelling and grammar as you write?
To the point where I wish I weren't. I just deal with it, but misspelled words drive me batty.

25. Does music help you write?
Sometimes. Depends on my mood, but I prefer instrumental.

26. Quote something you've written. Whatever pops into your head.
This is one of my favorite passages from my wip:

As we fill M. Herve in on the mysterious goings-on, his fawn colored eyes grow serious and intense. “So you have no real evidence, and no actual suspects, is that right?”

His tone scathes, but Mme. Moreau has him beat. “Hence, why we contacted a man of your particular skills. The fact that you will also pass as a decent bartender being the reason that I hired you over the next detective in the directory. Hopefully you’ll be able to distinguish yourself from your colleagues in one of those vocations.”
Well, this was fun! Hope you enjoyed it.

In turn, I'm tagging
Carrie Harris
Shannon Messenger

Y'all are it!

Waiting on Wednesday (4)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine, and it is a way to show off the books you can't wait to be released!!

This week I chose:
"Princess of Glass"
by Jessica Day George

Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Release Date: May 25, 2010

The following description is from

The engrossing companion novel to Princess of the Midnight Ball, with a wicked twist on Cinderella. Hoping to escape the troubles in her kingdom, Princess Poppy reluctantly agrees to take part in a royal exchange program, whereby young princes and princesses travel to each other’s countries in the name of better political alliances—and potential marriages. It’s got the makings of a fairy tale—until a hapless servant named Eleanor is tricked by a vengeful fairy godmother into competing with Poppy for the eligible prince. Ballgowns, cinders, and enchanted glass slippers fly in this romantic and action-packed happily-ever-after quest from an author with a flair for embroidering tales in her own delightful way.

I love fairy tale retellings and this version of Cinderella looks like so much fun! I've been wanting to read something by this author for a long time!

What are you waiting on this week??

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Just finished with Christine Warren The Others

I just finished The Others.. Great series lots of hot sex along with good story lines. I really like how Warren mixes up for Demon, vampire to werewolves.

Teaser Tuesday (1)

It's my first time participating in Teaser Tuesday! I just love the book I'm reading right now so much, I want to get the word out there! Many of you might have already read it, it's Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson.

from MizB's site:
"Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!"
Here's my teaser:

"Against all odds, this plan worked for two entire nights. Either the gods were smiling on them for once, or their basement was truly the place where no one could hear you scream."

Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson, p. 129

I can't wait to read all of your teasers this week!

Don't Be Cruel... Well, Not THAT Cruel.

Haven't got a lot of time for a real post today, so I thought I'd open up for some discussion of a topic that I've been giving a lot of thought during this revision.

How cruel is too cruel? I mean, we're not supposed to make it easy on our characters, and tension and conflict are what make stories memorable. But is there a point-- if the situation in question has no influence on the plot, only the character-- where doing bad things to your characters stops building character and becomes cruel and unusual? Or needless and gratuitous?

Or is simply the fact that the characters must react to this stimulus, no matter how horrible, enough to warrant such cruelty?

Any thoughts, or examples? I'd love to hear them.

"Freaks: Alive on the Inside"

"Freaks: Alive on the Inside"
by Annette Curtis Klause

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Abel Dandy is the only "normal" person at Faeryland, a circus of oddities, or Freaks, at the turn of the century. Even his doting parents are freaks. Abel's only hope for being in the show instead of being an errand boy, is to hone his skills as a knife thrower. He's always wondered what it would be like on the outside, to be like everyone else instead of being the odd one out.

I loved the characters in this book. Abel was a strong main character, he never failed in his support of the people who were family to him, but bashed by the rest of society. All of the supporting characters were based on real circus acts from history. My favorite character was Apollo, the 12 year old puppy boy, who followed Abel when he ran away. He wanted to escape his abusive father and looked up to Abel. Apollo's wide-eyed innocence and optimism was quite similar to an actual puppy and he was a lot fun to read about.

The mysterious ring and the dreams that Abel had about the beautiful girl seemed somewhat disjointed from the rest of the story. The way that his dream girl reveals herself at last is very odd and wasn't believable to me. I would have rather had the entire book be about the circus and Abel's adventures on the road.

I picked up this book for the cover, and my appreciation for the artwork grew as I read the book and realized what all of the elements represented. I love a cover illustration that is truly made for a specific book instead of a manipulated stock photo. All of the main characters and story elements are woven together in this gorgeous illustration.

Main Characters: 4/5
Supporting Characters: 5/5
Setting: 5/5
Romance: 2/5
Uniqueness: 5/5
Cover: 5+/5
Writing: 4/5

Bottom Line:
This was a very unique, enjoyable read with a great message and colorful cast of characters.

Monday, December 14, 2009

What are You Reading on Mondays (1)

This is my first time participating in this great meme from J. Kaye's Book Blog!

What are You Reading on Mondays is a meme from J. Kaye's Book Blog. It's a great way to show everyone what you are reading this week, and maybe what you just finished or are planning to read, too!

Books I finished reading last week:

"Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy" by Mary Tomer
(My Review)

"Freaks: Alive on the Inside" by Annette Curtis Klause
(Review coming later today!)

Currently Reading:

"Suite Scarlett" by Maureen Johnson

"Matchless" by Gregory Maguire

What are reading this week??

Tu Publishing Fundraiser a Success!

Wow! Just, wow! It's been a great weekend (Saints are 13-0, woot!) I got some wonderful news in an email this morning from a friend, and another email from Tu Publishing! Check out my earlier post on this fledgling imprint here. I'd like to share a message from Stacy Whitman:

We made it!

I (Stacy Whitman) just woke up to see that our Kickstarter has been fully funded with 11 hours to go. You guys, I’m speechless. I went to bed knowing we had $2000 left to go, and wondering if we’d make it.


So, a big thank you to everyone who made this happen: All the people who tweeted, blogged, and shared on Facebook about it; all the people who participated in the auction; and especially all the people who pledged. We’ll officially be open for submissions from writers come Jan. 1 because WE MET THE GOAL!

For you writers: keep an eye on the Tu Publishing blog where we’ll be posting official submission guidelines in the next few days!

The project is still open for another 11 hours, so we won't be able to declare "official" success until we cross the finish line, but I'm sure we'll make it!

Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this dream a reality!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is hosted by The Story Siren, and is a way for everyone to show off their new books for the week, including those bought, swapped, won, or received for review.


The paperback version of this, by one of my favorite YA authors!


I found a great hardback version of this one. I've never read anything by this author, but I've heard only good things!

I will admit I picked this one up because of the fantastic cover illustration! I finished this today and will be posting my review ASAP! I also have "Blood and Chocolate" by this author but haven't read it yet.

What did you receive in your mailbox this week??

"Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy"

"Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy"
by Mary Tomer

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I won "Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy" in a First Reads contest. I really enjoyed reading this book for the gorgeous photos and fashion ideas. The book is a beautiful, classy homage to the First Lady, Michelle Obama. I think the theme of the book can be summed up with a phrase I found in one of the later chapters, "style and substance." The majority of the book, of course, focuses on Michelle Obama's style, but there is respect for who the woman really is who is wearing the clothes.

The high quality photos in the book are gorgeous and the quality of the book itself is fantastic. Yes, a lot of the information and photos could probably be found on the website that inspired the book,, but the presentation and qualilty of the book is impressive.

I learned some great facts about Mrs. Obama's fashion choices. She likes to mix high end pieces with affordable pieces from accessible stores and catalogs, and especially online stores. I had also heard that, like the rest of us, she has been known to repeat outfits from her wardrobe, but I had no idea how often she has done this. It's so refreshing to read that she doesn't just make a fashion statement once with an outfit and never wear it again.

I liked the timeline of the chapters and the photos of some of the wardrobe pieces are so detailed! I also enjoyed the interviews with the designers and stylists with whom Mrs. Obama has worked closely with. These interviews were relevant to the book as opposed to the times that the author would write paragraphs about a specific designer's career history. These excerpts seemed totally unrelated to the rest of the book and were out of place. It was great to read an interview with Micheal Kors about his reaction to Michelle Obama wearing his dress in the official First Lady portrait. But I don't need to know about the early career of a designer that she wore once or twice.

Overall, this is a beautiful book that would be a great gift to a fan or supporter of Michelle Obama and also a fantastic book for fashion enthusiasts.