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The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

Part of the joy in reading comes from perspectives: from the author, from the characters they create, and even their cultural differences.  Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen has created a story that, at the outset, feels very light and fun, but not unlike the more sanitized stories from the Brothers Grimm, hold a darker edge just below that surface. A story that is almost pure magical realism in feel, there is a touch of mystery and some psychological games mixed in the twisty plot.

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A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

A Small Indiscretion by Jan Ellison

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Poignantly depicting the ramifications of ‘A Small Indiscretion’ on life many years later, Jan Ellison uses flashback retelling and current concerns to follow the life of Annie, and how she believes her choices made at 19 years of age are affecting her life now some 21 years later. Read more

Make More Me Time with Snowed In with Her Ex by Andrea Laurence with Recipe and Giveaway!

Make More Me Time with Snowed In with Her Ex by Andrea Laurence with Recipe and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Make More Me Time spotlighting Harlequin romance titles! I am spotlighting 3 titles, for this event, and Andrea Laurence’s new release Snowed in With Her Ex  is spotlighted today! We all love romance, and I’ve been given the option to provide you with favorite recipes from the author and a giveaway for a paperback copy of SNOWED IN WITH HER EX by Andrea Laurence. Read on to find out about the book, get the recipe and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

After a day filled with deadlines, traffic, and demands at the office and at home, you need to find ways to unwind. Whether your method of choice is a warm bubble bath, listening to your favorite music or sipping a hot cup of tea, studies show nothing relaxes you faster and or longer than reading a novel. Read more

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Since You’ve Been Gone by Mary Jennifer Payne

Another debut novelist on the blog today with a story that will appeal to teens & tweens ….

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I’ve been back and forth while writing this review, wondering just what was prodding me to be uneasy with the story. Mary Jennifer Payne writes beautifully: her descriptions and emotional impact is clear to see, and the character of Edie is instantly sympathetic whether an adult or teen is reading.  Read more

The Flirting Games: The Flirting Series #1 by Stella Wilkinson

The Flirting Games: The Flirting Series #1 by Stella Wilkinson

Let’s travel to a British boarding school, where the live-in students are learning their lessons in maths and language, but also lessons of life.  Stella Wilkinson pens a solidly ‘teen’ read, with voices and attitudes most appropriate for the 13 – 18 year olds that are the focus of this story.

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Light My Fire: Dragon Kin #7 by G.A. Aiken

Light My Fire: Dragon Kin #7 by G.A. Aiken

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In the synopsis the ‘catch me’ line was “How could she not when I am just so damn charming?” Well, they were right – this story is damnably charming, and I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity at a new to me author.  Did I mention that I giggled, chuckled and even laughed out loud repeatedly? I just may have done that without caring who was looking or commenting. Honestly, there were few times that Celyn spoke that I didn’t want to laugh. Read more

A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

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When choosing a book, most often it is the cover that encourages me to read more – then I look at the synopsis. If I have an ‘ooh moment’ there, then I’m grabbing the title. With a foodie / romance / chick lit theme, I just couldn’t resist this title.

And Dana Bate did not disappoint.  Far from being a passive read that just entertains, the protagonist, Sydney is teetering between funny and confident and a hot mess: from being let go from her job, to finding a new position for a rather difficult boss, but in the food industry that she so desperately wants to break in to, her trajectory and learning curve in this book are amazing. Read more

Make More Me Time with Never Trust a Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle with a Recipe and Giveaway

Make More Me Time with Never Trust a Cowboy by Kathleen Eagle with a Recipe and Giveaway

Welcome to the Make More Me Time spotlighting Harlequin romance titles! I am spotlighting 3 titles  for this event, and Kathleen Eagle’s new release Never Trust a Cowboy  is spotlighted today! We all love romance, and I’ve been given the option to provide you with favorite recipes from the author and a giveaway for a paperback copy of SNOWED IN WITH HER EX by Andrea Laurence. Read on to find out about the book, get the recipe and don’t forget to enter the giveaway!

After a day filled with deadlines, traffic, and demands at the office and at home, you need to find ways to unwind. Whether your method of choice is a warm bubble bath, listening to your favorite music or sipping a hot cup of tea, studies show nothing relaxes you faster and or longer than reading a novel. Read more

In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams by Karen Ranney with Excerpt and Giveaway

In a new stand-alone story, Karen Ranney brings the intrigue and heat with In Your Wildest Scottish Dreams. Please read on for a review and excerpt, don’t forget to enter the tour-wide giveaway where you could win a $50 Gift Card to the eRetailer of your choice, then be sure to check out the other tour stops where you can see what other readers thought of the book!

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Set against the political machinations of the American Civil War as we reunite Glynis MacLain, now widowed owner of the MacLain cotton mills with her former lost love Lennox Cameron, shipbuilder. Read more

AudioBook Review: Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

AudioBook Review: Juliet’s Nurse by Lois Leveen

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A story told in two parts from the wet-nurse cum companion and dedicated servant to Juliet Cappelletti, Lois Leveen has taken a unique twist to present a viewpoint on Shakespeare’s classic Romeo and Juliet.

The predominant voice is that of Angelica, recently having lost her own daughter Susanna, she is put forward as a suitable wet-nurse for the newly born Juliet.  Angelica is far more direct and un-stinting in her speech, her lack of euphemisms for bodily functions and refusal to be embarrassed about bodily functions, as well as her rather bawdy discussions Read more