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~ Trailer Thursday ~

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 with No comments

Jun 30, 2011

Book, Movie, and Series Trailers and much more!
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 This Week’s Book Trailers

~ Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts ~

by Mitzi Szereto

The book trailer…

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~ Before Ever After ~

by Samantha Sotto

The book trailer…

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~ The Guardian Chronicles: Forbidden  ~

by Megan

Author of  Bridger

Coming Soon!

This Week’s Movie Trailers…

~ Mission Impossible 4 ~

~  Killer Elite ~


~ What Ev Wednesday ~

Posted on Jun 29, 2011 with 1 comment

Jun 29, 2011

The Movie Experience

      I've been reading about theaters banning the use of cell phones for a while, now. I had imagined it was due to the ringing being a disturbance to the audience, and I had been saying "what ev",  but after last night I have to say it's much more than that!  I went to watch Transformers last night, it was the BOMB!  My only complaint about the movie was that I chose to watch the 3D version.  What was the complaint?  Well, I live in a Spanish speaking country so we have these very annoying and I must admit necessary subtitles.  It becomes very  exasperating when all you want is to watch the movie but have to see the subtitles flying up on the screen. You're forced to read it, too!  I can honestly say that not only do I watch the movies, but I READ them, too! This was made even more tortuous by the 3D experience.  Every time the subtitles changed they came at me at lightning speed.  Ok, I may be overreacting, but it was bad! The glasses become a bit much, too.  Well, that about sums it up about the movie, but let me tell you about the audience.  As it stands now, cell phones haven't been banned on the island, but you are asked via a public announcement on the screen, to turn of your ringer.  What I hadn't noticed until last night, was how much light there was in the theater during the movie.  You ask "light?" Yes, light!  I was surrounded by peeps texting and FBing!  You wouldn't think it was that big of a deal, but it was bothersome every time a phone would light up.  Then the peeps texting would turn to their friends and make comments about post.  Instead of it being a just me and the movie, it was me, the movie, the subtitles, the illumination of cell phones, and a bevy of conversation.   I can no longer say "what ev", it is beyond irritating having to watch a movie, with so many distractions.  It may be time to take a stand just like they have in other theaters, NO PHONES!

Review: Hunt the Moon by Karen Chance

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     Cassandra Palmer recently defeated a god, which you'd think would buy a girl a little time off. But it doesn't work that way when your job description is Pythia-the world's chief clairvoyant. Cassie is busier than ever, trying to learn about her power, preparing for her upcoming coronation, and figuring out her relationship with the enigmatic sexy master vampire, Mircea.

But someone doesn't want Cassie to become Pythia, and is willing to go to any lengths to make sure the coronation ceremony never happens- including attacking her mother before Cassie is even born.

I gave this book a 4.5


Spelltastic!   Rapacious!  Phenomenal!   Cassie Palmer has opened a can of “whoopass” in  Hunt the Moon.   Karen Chance has created an urban fantasy junkie’s dream!   You can find it all in this gem, time travel, vampires, demons, fey, and mages to name a few. Cassie is beyond awesome, her ability to make you come back for more is endless.  Hot and steamy vampire love with the sexy and dominate Mircea, are what dreams are made of. Pritkin sheds his duster and gives us a glimpse of the man underneath, and what a man he is! Cassie is the blueprint for a bad ass heroine.  Action packed entertainment from the very beginning makes Hunt the Moon a keeper.  The best part of the story are the secrets revealed, boy, are you in for a surprise. It doesn’t stop here folks!   I loved this book! I highly recommend this book and more importantly the Cassandra Palmer series! Thanks Karen, for another unbelievable and memorable kick ass story!

Publisher:  Signet Select

Source code: R

Review: Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

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           Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a good romp and a good wife — although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex." In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth never more turned on.

       The entire cast of characters from Austen's classic is here in this rewrite that goes all the way. This time Mr. Bingley and his sister both have designs on Mr. Darcy's manhood; Elizabeth's bff Charlotte marries their family's strange relation and stumbles upon a secret world of feminine relations more to her liking; and, in this telling, men are not necessarily the the only dominating sex. And of course there's some good old fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every page-turning chapter.

I gave this book a 3.5

 Lascivious!  Impassioned!   Steamy!   Pride and Prejudice:  Hidden Lusts is Jane Austen kicked up a notch!   A wonderful parody of  a classic, Jane Austen would approve. A creatively written story that takes all the elements we loved in the classic and then retelling it behind closed doors!  Mitzi Szereto has done a superb job of melding a classic tale with an erotic flair.    You will be able to find all your favorite characters in this adaptation, just not partaking of the same activities.   Mrs. Bennett can still be found husband hunting for her daughters.  Mr. Darcy can be found fighting off the advances of both  Mr. Bingley and his sister.  Mr. Collins has found a fondness for shrubs and the male anatomy.  Lady Caroline shows promise with her use of the birch.  Our dear Elizabeth is still in love with Mr. Darcy and trying to fight off all feelings and naughty thoughts.   I was delighted with this book, anyone who loved the original classic should read Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto!

If you're interested in knowing more about Mitzi Szereto visit  ~ Author Spotlight ~  or Mitzi's site

Publisher: Cleis Press

Source Code:  A/P

~ Author Spotlight ~

Posted on Jun 27, 2011 with 2 comments

Jun 27, 2011

~ Mitzi Szereto ~

Interview with Author Mitzi Szereto

Bestselling author and media personality

Hi Mitzi! Thank you for doing this interview. I would like to welcome you to Readaholics Anonymous.
I just finished reading Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts and I’m delighted to be able to ask you some questions today.

1. Readaholic: Mitzi, not only are you an author, but what has been coined as a Media Personality. How did that come about?

Mitzi: Well, perhaps it’s because I seem to be pretty much everywhere! I turn up in the international press and media, and with the help of the Internet, the viral factor comes into play. In fact, just the other day I found out I was in an Indian newspaper. (And no, it wasn’t for my curry recipe!) I’ve also become an active player in social media, particularly on Facebook. I spend a lot of time on social media. It’s important to keep yourself out there and keep people interested in you as a personality as well as in what you’re producing. I should add that I also use it for social good; I post a lot of things about animal welfare issues, which are important to me and to the animals, of course. Obviously I’m on Twitter, but I must admit that I’ve not developed my network there as much as I should have, so I’m trying to rectify that. I have a blog Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto’s Weblog, where I write about a whole range of subjects, from publishing, social media, entertainment and travel, to life with my famous sidekick bear Teddy Tedaloo. It’s a humorous and quirky blog and not really in any one subject area. I also have a web TV channel called Mitzi TV, which is my take on “quirky” London. In a way it’s an extension of my blog, in that it can be about absolutely anything. I’ve covered an amateur singing night at a pub, Harley riders, Morris dancers, a teddy bear festival, jellied eel, and even a vintage car show (snagging interviews with race car driver and TV presenter Tiff Needell as well as shoe designer Jimmy Choo). It’s all good fun!

2. Readaholic: Erotic fiction is growing daily, how long have you been writing erotic fiction?

Mitzi: Interestingly, I didn’t start out writing in this area; it came about by accident. It began a few years ago with the M. S. Valentine erotic novels, which were quite, shall we say, hair-raising! Of course it eventually became time to move on to new things, since I wanted to expand my professional horizons as a writer. I didn’t and don’t want to be limited to or pigeonholed in any particular area or, for that matter, genre. This is one reason why I’d prefer to be known as a writer of multi-genre fiction, since that’s more accurate. Although many of my works are classified in the “erotic” area, there are plenty of mainstream and literary fiction books that have just as much sexual content in them, if not more, yet no one classifies these books as “erotic fiction” or “erotica.” So there’s definitely a curious classification issue going on here. My issue with the “erotica” label is the assumption (particularly among literary critics) that such works lack literary value and are of low quality. As a serious writer, this is not how I want people to regard my work, or, for that matter, is it the standard of work I produce. The fact that a work of fiction contains explicit sex should not ghettoize it into a category that is often not taken seriously as a legitimate literary form.

3. Readaholic: You’ve had the pleasure of living in both the states and London, do you think that erotic fiction is more popular in England than here in the states?

Mitzi: I think it might be more popular in the United States. The reason I say this is because there are more erotic fiction books being published there – from the romance publishers (many having launched their own erotic imprints) to the big publishing houses to publishers that have a large list of erotically themed books. The American books tend to be produced more tastefully and geared more for the front tables at bookshops than what we’ve seen produced in the UK. For some reason UK erotic publishers have traditionally aimed mostly for the top shelf, with covers to match. In fact, they’re still stuck up on the top shelf, from what I’ve seen. I should add that there are also fewer publishers in the UK, especially since the Black Lace imprint was shut down. Therefore it stands to reason that the majority of erotic fiction readers in the UK are probably buying the books being published in America. But back to your question, the fact that these books are easier to find in the United States by the simple fact of their being published there indicates that the readership is probably slanted more toward America. Having said that, I don’t want to give the impression that the British are repressed in their reading material. That is definitely not the case. For example, I’ve had a successful side career of teaching erotic writing workshops in the UK (and mainland Europe), most of which have been for literature festivals as well as some residential courses. In fact, I’ve pretty much put these workshops on the map over here. Being invited to teach erotic writing at events that have among their lineup some of literature’s most prestigious authors indicates that the Brits don’t shy away from the subject matter – or from me teaching it.

4. Readaholic: Let’s talk about your gem of a new book, Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts. Where did you get the idea for “turning the kink on” with a classic like Pride and Prejudice?

Mitzi: It all came about rather randomly. I adore the story and the characters, and am a huge fan of the 1995 BBC TV series. I never tire of watching it, so it’s probably been germinating in my subconscious for some time. I also read the Zombies version of P&P and thought it was quite clever and fun. I love anything that’s a bit off the wall, and when I finally decided to do my own version, it was inevitable that it too, would be off the wall! As for the kink, if you pay attention to the original work, it’s quite obvious that Jane Austen was alluding to some rather inappropriate goings-on in her novel, so ratcheting things up a few steps wasn’t exactly beyond the novel’s scope. I didn’t want to do just another sexed-up version, however. I wanted to make my book unique, something that would really take the reader by surprise. Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts probably has more in common with the Zombies versions with regard to its inventiveness and outrageousness, only instead of rampant zombies, we have rampant sex! Crazy sex. Steamy sex. Outlandish sex. But yes, sex! I take no prisoners in my version. From before the book was even out a whole heap of controversy had begun, from the LA Times to the Huffington Post. The literary purists and hardcore Jane-ites had their knickers in a twist about my book, damning it before they’d even read it. I guess they figure Jane Austen is sacred and untouchable, failing to realize that taking inspiration from pre-existing literary works and even incorporating/recreating them into new works is something writers have done for centuries. And so too, have visual artists.

5. Readaholic: The 19th century dialogue is showcased wonderfully in PPHL, how difficult was it to write, especially with the steamy sex scenes?

Mitzi: It wasn’t difficult at all. I don’t incorporate smut-speak into my work anyway, so it was no great struggle for me to write sex scenes that were both authentic to the time and to the voice of Jane Austen. I just asked myself, “Now how would Jane write this?”

6. Readaholic: Lydia is one of my favorite characters in your book, she was always making me laugh with her skirt raising antics. Did you always plan on Lydia being so promiscuous?

Mitzi: Dear sweet Lydia! I think it was pretty clear from Jane Austen’s characterization of her that she was a rather loose young lady. I merely took things a step further. Well, okay, quite a few steps, actually. Without giving away the plot, let’s just say that she got her happy ending – and in the most appropriate of settings! Mind you, so did most everyone in the book. Happy endings are always nice, don’t you agree?

7. Readaholic: How did it come about Catherine being a dominatrix ?

Mitzi: I don’t think it’s too much of a personality stretch for her, considering her short temper and domineering personality. Though we should clarify that in my version she didn’t engage in these activities to give pleasure to others, but rather to punish them for some transgression they’d apparently committed. She was always sticking her nose into everyone’s business and scolding them for not doing things that were to her standard or in line with her way of thinking. In a nutshell, the woman was a control freak with a major God complex!

8. Readaholic: If you had to pick an actor in the making of Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts, who would you choose for the devilish Mr. Darcy? And for Elizabeth?

Mitzi: Hmm… to be honest, I think the cast of the aforementioned BBC TV series was as perfect as perfect can get. When I was writing my version, it was these actors who were foremost in my mind. They brought Jane Austen’s characters to life, and in my opinion no other cast has come close to this achievement. So I’m going to have to say Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy and Jennifer Ehle as Elizabeth Bennet. Whether either of them would wish to act in an extremely raunchy remake of Pride and Prejudice I’ve no idea, but it doesn’t hurt to ask!

9. Readaholic: What is your favorite genre to read?

Mitzi: I tend to read all over the literary spectrum; it depends on my mood. Psychological thrillers and ethnic fiction always rank high on my reading list, but I also enjoy a good horror novel or a quirky crime novel. I have to say that I read with a very critical and writerly eye, in that if there’s something in the book that doesn’t quite work, I get put off and find that I’m unlikely to read another title by the same author. I recently had this experience with a crime novel written by a critically acclaimed author whose name I won’t mention, since it would be a bit rude to do so. I was expecting great things, and, although the plotline was excellent and quite original, the author fell short on tying up some of the loose ends as successfully as he should have, also cramming everything into the final chapter like an afterthought, with said chapter being so tiresome I almost skipped reading it. Fortunately this kind of occurrence has been rare and I’ve generally enjoyed the books I’ve chosen to read.

10. Readaholic: Do you have a favorite author?

Mitzi: I don’t have one particular favorite, no. There are authors whose work I’ve consistently enjoyed, such as Ruth Rendell and Margaret Atwood. And there are books that are major favorites: Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, The Color Purple by Alice Walker, The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, The Road to Wellville by T. C. Boyle, An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser, The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, and Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe. I love discovering books and authors who can tell a story in a special way!

11. Readaholic: If you could interview Jane Austen yourself, what would you ask her?

Mitzi: I’d probably ask her if she’d be willing to defend me against all those so-called literary purists who are coming after me with their pitchforks.

12. Readaholic: Are there any upcoming books in the works you would like to share with us?

Mitzi: There is, indeed. I have an anthology coming out in September of this year – right in time for Halloween, in fact! It’s a collection of short stories entitled Red Velvet and Absinthe: Paranormal Erotic Romance. The book takes its inspiration from the Gothic literary tradition and features a number of authors, myself included. I believe it will appeal to a wide range of readers, particularly those who enjoy sexy paranormal fiction. It’s full of atmosphere and thrills and sensuality. Oh, yeah, and there’s a vampire or two as well, along with some werewolves and ghosts and a few other beings that defy description.

Thank you so much for answering my questions, Mitzi.
It has been a pleasure and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next!

My review of Pride and Prejudice:  Hidden Lusts by Mitzi Szereto

~ Mini Book Excerpt Monday ~

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Pride and Prejudice:
Hidden Lusts
by Mitzi Szereto

        When news reached Mrs. Bennet that Netherfield Park was to be let to a young gentleman in possession of a good fortune, she determined to make him a husband to one of her five daughters. “A single man of large fortune, four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!”

“How so? How can it affect them?” asked her husband. “The gentleman of whom you hold so high an opinion, this Mr. Bingley, has not even alighted at Meryton as yet.”

“My dear Mr. Bennet,” replied his wife, “how can you be so tiresome! You must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of our girls.”

Having to maintain five daughters and a wife on a modest income, Mr. Bennet was of a more practical disposition than Mrs. Bennet. “Is that his design in settling here?”

“Design! Nonsense, how can you talk so! But it is very likely that he may fall in love with one of them, and therefore you must visit him as soon as he comes.” Mrs. Bennet’s tone indicated that the matter was settled.

Mr. Bennet had no wish to visit Mr. Bingley or anyone else. He wished only to retire to the sanctity of his library, where a small parcel recently arrived awaited him. “I see no occasion for that. You and the girls may go. I daresay Mr. Bingley will be very glad to see you, and I will send a few lines by you to assure him of my hearty consent to his marrying whichever he chooses of the girls, though I must throw in a good word for my little Lizzy.”

“I desire you will do no such thing. Lizzy is not a bit better than the others, and I am sure she is not half so handsome as Jane, nor half so good-humored as Lydia. But you are always giving her the preference.”

At the mention of his youngest daughter’s name, Mr. Bennet shook his head. Although quite pretty, Lydia was a lively headstrong girl prone to a breathiness of speech and a most peculiar fondness for raising up the hems of her gowns to rub her lower half against objects and furnishings and, to the embarrassment of all parties concerned, young officers. Until recently she could be found sliding down banisters at all hours of the day and night, and only his threat of dispatching her to a nunnery finally broke her of the habit. He despaired of Lydia and for any man who would eventually take her as a wife. Neither did he maintain great hopes for the equally frivolous Catherine or the plain and pedantic Mary. That he was partial to his Elizabeth, he made no secret of. “Our daughters have none of them much to recommend them,” replied Mr. Bennet. “They are all silly and ignorant like other girls, but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters.”

At this Mrs. Bennet launched into a tirade about her nerves, and Mr. Bennet, having been given sufficient of his wife’s ceaseless chatter about Mr. Bingley’s five thousand a year and which of his daughters should be the first to wed, departed without ceremony to his library.

Mr. Bennet settled himself before his escritoire on which rested a sealed portfolio that had arrived that morning by special post; fortunately, he had managed to collect it before Mrs. Bennet could inquire as to the nature of the dispatch. Breaking the wax seal, he removed a sheet of stiff paper, his breath quickening with anticipation as to what would shortly be revealed to him. He had secured it from a gentleman of his acquaintance in London, who consorted with the city’s more unsavory residents. It was a drawing—indeed, the first of many such drawings due to arrive, providing his contact made good on his promise, and providing that Mr. Bennet likewise made good on his timely payment of the prohibitive fee demanded of him.

The drawing displayed a nubile young woman outfitted in the manner of a horse. Unadorned of attire save for the finely tooled saddle secured to her back, she had been positioned on her haunches, presenting a pleasing rear vista to the artist who had sketched her. What made this vista all the more appealing to Mr. Bennet, however, was the fact that the subject possessed the tail of a horse as well, which had been fitted most cleverly into her hindmost region. As he surveyed the drawing in the light coming through the window, a presence began to make itself known in his breeches. All thoughts of their new neighbor Mr. Bingley and his wife’s determination to make him a son-in-law became a distant memory as Mr. Bennet unbuttoned the flap of his breeches and reached inside, his fingers encountering an object that rose up with a vigor the likes of which he had not experienced since his youth, and he grasped it firmly in his hand, eager to begin his long-neglected journey to pleasure.

For more info on Mitzi Szereto visit:
"Errant Ramblings: Mitzi Szereto's Weblog"

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Fave Fairy Friday Follow & Hop

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 with 7 comments

Jun 24, 2011

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This week's feature is....
 Mickey @ I'm a Book Shark

Q. In light of the Summer Solstice. Also known as Midsummer...let's talk about fairies.
What is your favorite fairy tale or story that revolves around the fae?

A. Oh, I love the Mercy Thompson Series
by Patricia Briggs is has fae
interwoven into the stories.
Karen Marie Moning as another amazing series with fae: The Highlander series.
Another great story about fairies is:
Tithe by Holly Black

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~ Trailer Thursday ~

Posted on Jun 22, 2011 with 1 comment

Jun 22, 2011

Book, Movie, Comic,and Series Trailers and much more!!!
trailer thursday

This Week’s Book Trailers…

The Fifth Kingdom

by Caridad Piñeiro

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~ Overbite ~

by Meg Cabot

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~ Wolf Tales ~

by Kate Douglas

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~ Bad Girls Don’t Die ~

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~ Plague ~

A Gone Novel

by Michael Grant

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~ Ruby Red  ~

Ruby Red Trilogy

by Kerstin Gier

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~ White Cat ~

Curse Worker

by Holly Black

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~ Strings Attached ~

by Judy Blundell

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~ The Muir House ~

by Mary E DeMuth

The Muir House
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This Week’s Movie Trailer...

~  Vanishing on 7th Street ~

 ~ The Change-Up ~


~ What Ev Wednesday ~

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~Author Meet and Greet 2.0 ~
     How many of you have gone to an Author Meet and Greet?  The experience is quite unique for book lovers.  In fact if you don't love books, you will never understand the range of emotions fans undergo.  I've often heard people label book lovers as kooky for camping outside bookstores to get books signed or to buy the latest book in a series. But they're clueless!  Yes, you stand in line for hours and usually have to take a buddy to keep your spot (bodily functions are unavoidable), but it is so worth it!    You get to meet the person who took you on a voyage and gave you hours and days of entertainment.   You hardly ever see a person with a frown standing in line, they're all giddy with excitement!  All you hear in line is book chatter, author facts, title swaps, and  upcoming dates followed by laughter and huge grins!  The experience is tenfold when your happy energy is shared with a room full of people that love and appreciate the book also.  I will now label this as "Author Meet and Greet 1.0" because times are changing.   
    Many are wondering what I mean by this, well bookstores are now struggling to keep afloat in a cyber world.  Book lovers no longer have to physically walk into a bookstore to buy a book.  All they have to do is download their purchases onto their PCs or tablets.   It's had a drastic effect on the bookstore industry, you hear of closings every day.  Yesterday, I came across this great article by Julie Bosman and Mat Richtel in The New York Times titled Come Meet the Author, but Open Your Wallet.  Please read this article it's a sign of things to come.  Once I read it I knew I'd touched on today's subject. I thought it was a wonderful article.  To sum up the article, bookstores may charge admission for author appearances and make you buy a book at their store in the near future. Many ask to whom the admission will go to, the author or store?  Some authors are worried about those that can't afford the admission, but would love to meet their favorite authors.  There are many concerns as to who will benefit from these types of events.  Here's what I have to say to this..."What Ev!"  

Here's the skinny.....Book lovers love books, that pretty much sums it up!  Although many of us do buy ebooks, we love our hardcovers and paperbacks, that's not going to change.  We will travel across country if we have to in order to meet our favorite authors and have our books signed.  We will pay admissions at bookstores to gain entrance to book signings if we have to.  We will buy books from said stores if we have to. Many already save up all year to participate in BEA and in other book events.  We all want our favorite authors to do well.  Why?  Well,  duh, they can't work for free, and we need that next great read as only they can write it.  If we do have to pay admission for book signings in the future, so be it!  I'm labeling it  "Author Meet and Greet 2.0" 

 Authors are already super generous to their fans, they give out ARC's and swags all the time.  Many authors even have their own "get togethers" by way of invites, allowing fans to connect on a whole new level.  Others offer amazing giveaways on their websites, some even weekly.  If you would like to have books signed many authors allow you to mail them in and they then send them back.  It will most likely cost more to purchase a book or meet your favorite authors in the future.  Many authors are staying close to their homes nowadays and fans will have to head out their way to meet them, but when the product they offer us brings about so much enjoyment, fans will not be deterred.  The love we have for our books and authors has no price.

I see every book I purchase or am allowed to review as a gift that keeps on giving.  I have a monthly budget that I have to stick to, but I can always scrimp for a great book.  I'm sure many feel the same, so if I have to pay more to buy a book and meet an author,  so be it!   Authors highly appreciate their fans, and will always find a way to make them happy. 

*  This post was my opinion and views on the subject.

Review: The Untamed Bride

Posted on Jun 20, 2011 with 1 comment

Jun 20, 2011

Book 1 ~ Black Cobra Quartet series

Colonel Derek Delborough  belongs to an elite group if  men, sworn to protect secrets that will unveil a traitor in their mist.    Del has a dangerous and important mission to complete, and will have to survive to bring the information to England.

 Deliah Duncannon has been promised an escort and she will not take no as an answer.  Deliah will make sure that Del does as he has promised.

As Del is forced to escort Deliah to Humberside, he is taken back by her ways.  She speaks her mind and Del finds himself  very attracted to her blunt ways.  As they begin their trip, they are attacked by the evil agents of the Black Cobra. 

Del soon realizes that in order to keep the beautiful Deliah alive and safe, he will have to keep her close.
Deliah finds herself falling in love with the dashing Del, and is even more determinded to stay at his side.

The adventures Del and Deliah find themselves involved in will change both of their lives for ever.

I gave this book a 3

Intriguing!   Adventurous!  Artful!  Although not a Cynster novel, it has a few of our favorites all back for a visit.  I loved the heroine, she was bold and sassy and you just got to love that!  Being a huge fan of  the Cynster series, I wanted more from this new series.   It was a good book and of course well written.  I plan on reading the next book in the series before summer is out!  Ms. Laurens as always brings to the table a cleverly plotted story that will reel you in.  
 Publisher: Avon; Original edition

Source Code: R

Review: Warsworn by Elizabeth Vaughan

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Book 2 of The Chronicles of the Warlands

    In book two of the Chronicles of the Warlands,  Lara, the Queen of Xy travels with her now mate,  Kier, warlord of the Firelanders.   They travel towards Kier's people and lands.   As they journey on they find themselves with a village that denies them entry.   They soon discover that the plague has killed almost everyone from the villiage.

As Lara tries to cure the sick, she in turn becomes ill.  Soon Kier's entire army becomes sick and Kier must help heal Lara.  While many die and others lie ill, Kier's second in command wants to overthrow him.  
Kier and Lara must confront all in order to save themselves from the every growing danger they find themselves in.   Their love will be tested as it grows, and the warlands will never be the same.

I gave this book a 4

Transportive!  Ensnaring!   Alluring!  Warsworn is a time machine! Read this story and travel through the sands of time!   Elizabeth Vaughan has woven an incredible story of love and war that sends us back in time.   Kier is what real men are made of!  I was able to experience the culture and the life of  these strange barbarian people.  I highly recommend you take this journey with Elizabeth Vaghan as your tour guide.  Read Warsworn today! Loved it!!!

Note:  This was my second time reading this novel, but it felt like the first time!

Publisher: Tor Paranormal Romance

Source code: R

~ Mini Book Excerpt Monday ~

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 The Chronicles of the Warlands, Book 2
by Elizabeth Vaughan

     His voice dropped to a low, gentle tone. "You're not eating, and I'm thinking that you're not sleeping either."

 I watched the ground pass below us. "I'm fine."
"Are you pregnant?"

I dropped my head onto his shoulder and groaned. "Marcus…"

"It's a fair question." Marcus replied. "Our women take precautions in the field, but you Xyians have such strange ways…"

"I am not pregnant." I growled. I didn't want to think about that, although he was right. I hadn't taken any precautions. My courses were due any day. But the idea of being pregnant raised issues that I didn't want to consider. Of things that Keir and I had yet to talk about.

"Then what is wrong, Lara?"

The fact that Marcus was using my name, a rare event, told me that he was worried. I opened my mouth, but the truth would not come. "I'm fine, Marcus. Truly."

He snorted. "As you say, Warprize." He stiffened in the saddle, and I knew that I had upset him. This scarred little man had come to mean a great deal to me within a short period of time. He was fiercely loyal to his Warlord, and I was included in that loyalty. I wasn't sure that was by virtue of my own self, or the fact that I was Keir's chosen Warprize. Regardless, how could I confide my worries and fears to him? He already held Xyians in contempt on general principals. My fretful complaints could only heap wood on that fire.

I settled for an obvious question. "When do you think we'll stop for the night?"

"A few hours yet, Warprize. Hisself will keep us moving until we lose the light."

 "Why is he in such a hurry?"

 "Hisself has his reasons. You're to be confirmed when we reach the Heart of the Plains, and the sooner the better." Marcus's tone was a clear indication that the topic was now settled.

I looked about for a different distraction, and caught a glimpse of Epor reaching over to tug on Isdra's braid. "Epor seems sweet on Isdra."

"Eh?" Marcus growled. "Sweet? What means this?"

I floundered for the unfamiliar words. "That he cares for her."

"They are bonded." He spoke grudgingly, almost as if the words caused him pain. "Do you not see the ear spirals?"

"Bonded? Is that the same as married?" I twisted about, trying to get a better look at their ears, but Marcus had apparently grown weary of me.

"Ask Epor. Or Isdra." His tone was curt and he whistled, somehow catching Prest's attention. Prest raised a hand, and started to move back toward us. Because I was a burden on the horse, I was traded off every hour so as not to tire any one animal. The elements forbid that a horse be over-tired. I was starting to feel like a package in a trading caravan.

Marcus spoke as Prest moved into position. "Joden is a good man, Lara, valued for his wisdom. He is heard in senel, although he holds no rank, and even by the Elders when he appears before their councils. He will make a great Singer once he is recognized as such."

Prest drew closer, preparing to transfer me to his horse, but I ignored his outstretched hand. I leaned closer, trying to figure out what Marcus was talking about.

"If you can't confide in anyone else, you can confide in a Singer." Marcus's voice was so soft, it was almost a whisper. "Words spoken to a Singer are held to his heart, where they cannot be pried free. Talk to Joden, Lara. Please."

With that, they transferred me to Prest's horse without breaking stride, and Marcus faded back and away into the crowd.

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50th Giveaway Friday Follow!

Posted on Jun 16, 2011 with 10 comments

Jun 16, 2011

To celebrate the 50th Week of #FF Fun 
Parajunkee is having a giveaway!!!

One lucky participant will get a free blog design by Parajunkee...
you can see examples of her work by clicking on the Parajunkee link above.

The free blog design has valure of  $110.

Our Feature - Rhiannon Paille

Q. Genre Wars! What's your favorite genre and which book in that genre made it your favorite?

A. I would have to say that at the moment it's Urban Fantasy!  My favorite book in the genre would have to be The Fever Series.  Although this is MY favorite to date, I have so many other wonderful titles that could be my favorite in this genre.


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by Myra McEntire


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~ One Day ~

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What Ev Wednesday~The Book Cover Speaks

Posted on Jun 15, 2011 with 4 comments

Jun 15, 2011

What does the book you read say about you?  Can a book cover tell others your deep dark secrets?  You may be surprised to learn that you can learn a lot about a person based on what they read, and if you really want know more about them just check out their bookshelves.

I love to read science fiction, romances, historical romances, paranormal romances, fantasy, and bestsellers.  I thought it would be fun to glimpse a bit at more behind the covers of our books.

In a nut shell, I'm a trendy conversationalist, spiritual, imaginative, creative, open, curious, romantic, a bit twisted and a dark person.  Now, isn't that a mouthful. 

Have some fun and read what different genres say about you.   
  •  Romance ~ You love being treated like a princess! (I know I do!)  Your soft and loving ways are your best attributes.  You love to hold hands with your significant other and gaze at the stars.  You like turning up the heat in the bedroom. 
  • Bestsellers ~ Can you say "swanky"  You are the "GO TO"  person on all things that are trending!  The life of the party!  When people want to know, you're the person to see.    
  •  Sci-fi ~ You believe that we aren't alone, it could happen.  You like to investigate things, you are open minded.  You are an atypical person, with a dash of avant-garde.
  • Fiction ~ If only you could switch places for a day!  You would frolic in the shoes of others. You are fascinated by how others live, you find it so interesting.  You like to meet new people and honor other's opinions.
  • Historical Fiction - You like your history kicked up a notch.  You would love to go back in time and live in the past for a while.   History fills a need for knowledge while enjoying a good story.
  • Memoir or Biography ~You are knowing, learned, perceptive!   You're so smart that everyone wants you on their team.  Alex Trebek may be calling...
  • Fantasy ~ You are super creative spirit.  Your imagination works on overdrive.  You find joy in all the possibilities opened before you.  You are an original!
  • Horror ~ You listen for things that go bump in the night!  You examine the limitations of personalities. The unknown doesn't alarm you.   You want answers and your trepidations won't stand in the way.  You have a dark side ( only in a good way).
  • Mystery ~ A natural born problem solver.  You are analytical, examining, inquiring, mind.  You may be an adrenalin junkie!
  • Cook Books ~ You love food in all it's forms.  Your idea of a good time is going on a "Food Crawl".  The way to your heart is through your tummy!
  • Poetry ~ You see beauty in all things in life. You see the world with a sense of awe and wonder.  
  • Spiritual ~ You are on a spiritual journey.  You have an inner strength that gives to others.  You are looking for answers to the meaning of life. 

 I know I didn't cover all the possible genres, but they're endless.
If there's one I haven't posted and you would like to see, please let me know by way of a comment
* Note I am not a professional! These are just my thoughts and not an actual analysis. 


Review: Warprize by Elizabeth Vaughan

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 with No comments

Jun 14, 2011

Book 1  of  The Chronicles of the Warlands series

Xylara is the daughter of a king, surrounded by war.  She is known for her skill as a healer in the Land of Xy.  Her brother does not want her to heal the enemy, but Xylara will not stop healing those who are ill and  in need of her skills.  

As the war rages on all around her, Xylara works tirelessly to help the wounded.  As she heals the enemy, the Firelander Warlord takes over control from Xylara's brother.   As the Warlord reins over Xylara's homeland, she is to become his slave, his Warprize.  Xylara soon learns that all that she thought she knew of the barbarians is not what it seems.  She is surrounded by a new culture and beliefs and a barbarian that leaves her breathless.

I gave this book a 4

Romantic!  Surprising!  Adventurous!   I simply can't say enough about this book, it was a magical trip into the past!   I thought this romance was wonderful.  An inviting read that makes you feel as if you have joined in the adventure.  As I turned the pages I was in awe of the sights delivered upon the pages.  Vaughan is an incredible storyteller, that weaves magic with her words.  This was my second time reading Warprize, but it was as if it were my first time.  Conan has nothing on Vaughan!  I'm excited about the second book in The Chronicles of the Warlands series, Warsworn.

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