Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Becky's Online Reading Group

Hey all you fellow readers and bloggers. My friend J. Kaye is helping out to spread the word about a reading group that Becky is rying to get more people interested in. For all the details head on over to her site at

The next book up to be discussed is LIFE AS WE KNEW IT by Susan Beth Pfeffer

Take a look:

When Miranda first hears the warnings that a meteor is headed on a collision path with the moon, they just sound like an excuse for extra homework assignments. But her disbelief turns to fear in a split second as the entire world witnesses a lunar impact that knocks the moon closer in orbit, catastrophically altering the earth’s climate.

Everything else in Miranda’s life fades away as supermarkets run out of food, gas goes up to more than ten dollars a gallon, and school is closed indefinitely. But what Miranda and her family don’t realize is that the worst is yet to come.

Told in Miranda’s diary entries, this is a heart-pounding account of her struggle to hold on to the most important resource of all–hope–in an increasingly desperate and unfamiliar time.

Here’s the schedule for the blog read:

Friday, May 9th, 2008; Ch. 1-3
Monday, May 12, 2008; Ch. 4-6
Wednesday, May 14th, 2008; Ch. 7-8
Friday, May 16th, 2008; Ch. 9-11
Monday, May 19th, 2008; Ch. 12-14
Wednesday, May 21rst, 2008; Ch. 15- 17
Friday, May 23rd, 2008; Ch 18-19
Monday, May 26th; Ch. 20-21

The Book Thief

This book is narrated by none other than death itself. We start out with Liesel Meminger a young girl living with her foster parents Rosa and Herr Hubermanns, outside of Munich in Nazi Germany.

Liesel steals her first book at the cemetery of her little bother. The next book stolen is during a burning party of propaganda. During this time her father, Herr teaches her to read in their basement.

Ruby Steiner, her best friend gets into all kind of trouble like standing up to some bullies at the Nazi youth diversion, stealing food, and following Liesel on her many trips to the mayor’s house, where she steals many of her books from.

Everything is all good till one day a Jew by the name of Max Vandenburg asks for her father’s help. Hiding in the Hubermanns’s basement, Liesel and Max learn they have many things in common

This book was such a joy to read. It was refreshing and different. I loved it so much that I read it in one day. Plus the aspect of death narrating this book was great too. The Book Thief shows you that books are so precious in any culture. This was such a simple but powerful book.

I give this book 5 stars.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Get Heartsick with Chelsea Cain

I read this book a few months ago and have to say it was a good one. I loved the fact that this book featured more on a woman serial killer this time vs. a man. The only one little problem I had with it was that I thought Gretchen was more promient than the male killer in the book that Gretchen was suppose to help Archie track down. Still a good book.

I give it 4 stars.

Books Summary

He can't forget the woman who kidnapped him. For ten days, she tortured him to the brink of death, then mysteriously set him free and turned herself in. Now two years later, he's addicted to pain pills, estranged from his family, and obsessed with her.

Gretchen Lowell.

She's beautiful. She's brilliant. She's a killer...And she still controls Detective Archie Sheridan-even from behind bars.As Archie trails a new case, he needs Gretechen now in more ways than one - to catch a killer and to release his soul


Archie doesn’t know for sure that it’s her until that moment. There is a dull bloom of warmth in his spine, his vision blurs, and then he knows that Gretchen Lowell is the killer. He realizes that he has been drugged, but it is too late. He fumbles for his gun, but he is ham fisted and can only lift it awkwardly from his belt clip and hold it out as if it were a gift to her. She takes it and smiles, kissing him gently on the forehead. Then she reaches into his coat and takes the cell phone, turning it off and slipping it into her purse. He is almost paralyzed now, slumped in the leather chair in her home office. But his mind is a prison of clarity. She kneels down next to him, the way one might a child, and puts her lips so close to his that they are almost kissing. His pulse throbs in his throat. He can’t swallow. She smells like lilacs.

“It’s time to go, darling,” she whispers. She stands then, and he is lifted from behind, elbows under his armpits. A man in front of him, red-faced and heavy, takes his legs, and he is carried into the garage and laid in the back of the green Voyager -- the vehicle Archie and his task force have spent months looking for -- and she crawls in on top of him. He realizes then that there is someone else in the van, that she wasn’t the one behind him, but he doesn’t have time to process this because she is straddling his torso, a knee pressing on either side of his waist. He cannot move his eyes anymore, so she narrates for his benefit.

“I’m rolling up your right sleeve. I’m tying off a vein.” Then she holds up a hypodermic in his sight line. Medical training, he thinks. Eighteen percent of female serial killers are nurses. He is staring at the ceiling of the van. Grey metal. Stay awake, he thinks. Remember everything; every detail, it will be important. He thinks, if I live.

“I’m going to let you rest for a little while.” She smiles and puts her flat, pretty face in front of his so he can see her, her blonde hair brushing his cheek, though he cannot feel it. “We’ll have plenty of time for fun later.”

He cannot respond, cannot even blink now. His breath comes in long, shallow rasps. He cannot see her push the needle in his arm, but he assumes she has, because then there is only darkness.

He wakes up on his back. He is still groggy and it takes him a moment to realize that the red-faced man is standing over him. In this moment, the very first moment of Archie’s awareness, the man’s head explodes. Archie jerks as the man’s blood and brain matter blow forward, splattering Archie’s face and chest, a vomit of warm, clotted fluid. He tries to move, but his hands and feet are bound to a table. He feels a piece of something hot slide down his face and slop onto the floor, and pulls hard against the bindings until his skin breaks, but he cannot budge them. He gags but his mouth is taped shut, forcing the bile back into his throat making him gag again. His eyes burn. Then he sees her, standing behind where the man’s body has fallen, holding the gun she has just used to execute him.

“I wanted you to understand right away how committed I am to you,” she says. “That you are the only one.” And then she turns and walks away.

He is left then to contemplate what has just happened. He swallows hard, willing himself to remain calm, to look around. He is alone. The man is dead on the floor. Gretchen is gone. The driver of the van is gone. Archie’s blood is pulsing so violently that it is the only sensation. Time passes. At first, he thinks he is in an operating room. It is a large space, walled with white ceramic subway tiles and well lit by florescent lights. He turns his head from side to side and sees several trays of instruments, medical looking machinery, a drain on the cement floor. He strains again at his binds and realizes that he is strapped to a gurney. Tubes are coming in and out of him: a catheter, an IV. There are no windows in the room and a faint earthy smell skirts the edge of his consciousness. Mildew. A basement.

He starts to think like a cop now. The others had been tortured for a couple of days before she dumped the bodies. That meant that he had time. Two days. Maybe three. They could find him in that amount of time. He had told Henry where he was going, that he had a psych consult about the newest body. He had wanted to see her, to get her advice. He was not prepared for this. But they would connect it. Henry would connect it. It would be the last place to which he could be traced. He had made a call to his wife on the way. That would be the last point of contact. How much time had passed since he had been taken?

If this isn't enought to wet your whistle than click this link to read more of this excerpt

Monday, April 28, 2008

Debbie Wallace/Tory Richards Winner!!!

Ok, so as promised I would pick a winner and post it today. Here is the winner as chosen by

List Randomizer
There were 9 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
1. Caffey
2. J.Kaye
3. Amy
4. Nancy
5. Deidre
6. Cathy
7. Valerie
8. Naida
9. Ashley

Caffey please email me at clbstitch at yahoo dot com so I can tell you how to claim your prize.

Thanks to everyone for stopping by. Please check out my Extra, Extra notice on the right hand side above the calendar for more changes to win books.

Death of a Cozy Writer

I found this book while I was surfing the net over the weekend.

Death of a Cozy Writer A St. Just MysteryBy: G.M. Malliet
EAN: 9780738712482
ISBN: 0738712485
Pub Date: July 2008
Size: 5 x 8 IN
Price: $13.95 US $15.95 CAN
Available: July 2008


From deep in the heart of his eighteenth century English manor, millionaire Sir Adrian Beauclerk-Fisk writes mystery novels and torments his four spoiled children with threats of disinheritance. Tiring of this device, the portly patriarch decides to weave a malicious twist into his well-worn plot. Gathering them all together for a family dinner, he announces his latest blow – a secret elopement with the beautiful Violet... who was once suspected of murdering her husband.

Within hours, eldest son and appointed heir Ruthven is found cleaved to death by a medieval mace. Since Ruthven is generally hated, no one seems too surprised or upset – least of all his cold-blooded wife Lillian. When Detective Chief Inspector St. Just is brought in to investigate, he meets with a deadly calm that goes beyond the usual English reserve. And soon Sir Adrian himself is found slumped over his writing desk – an ornate knife thrust into his heart. Trapped amid leering gargoyles and stone walls, every member of the family is a likely suspect. Using a little Cornish brusqueness and brawn, can St. Just find the killer before the next-in-line to the family fortune ends up dead?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Whistling in the Dark

A friend lent me this book to read. It was a very good book. Highly recommend it!! Whenever someone asks me what is a good book to read, I say this one.

Here is my review of the book.

It was the summer of 1959. Sally and Troo’s mom was in the hospital, their step dad was busy hitting the bottle and their sister Nell had other things on her mind like her boyfriend.

There were two murdered girls and Sally thought that she would be next. So that summer Sally and Troo were on a mission to track down the murder before something happened to Sally.

David Rasmussen, the next door neighbor, who is a cop, happens to have a picture of one of the murdered girls. What is his secret and why does he have an interest in Sally.

Despite the grittiness of a child predator killing little girls, Lesley Kagen still could keep the innocence of Sally and Troo throughout this book.

For anyone who enjoyed reading Water for Elephants than you need to check this book out. Whistling in the Dark is a fun, adventureous, light-hearted story. It mainly focuses on Troo and Sally, two sisters who get into trouble and seek to solve a mystery of a serial killer in their own neighborhood. I would have to say my favorite character was Troo. She may have been the youngest one but she didn't act like it. Troo acted more like a 40 year old french woman trapped in a seven year old's body. This book will bring back memories for anyone who enjoyed they childhood times and friends of the good old days. Check Whistling in the Dark out and you won't be sorry you did.

5 stars!!!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

The Fabulous Debbie Wallace/Tory Richards!

I am so excited to have gotten the chance to interview Debbie Wallace/Tory Richards. Her blog is one of my favorite blogs to check out. Her latest book All in the Jeans has received great reviews, so check it out. Ok, now onto the fun stuff.

I appreciate you answering some questions.

Thanks for asking me to be here today.

Describe your books in one sentence.

Romances filled with on the edge of your seat suspense, wicked humor and breathless, sizzling sex.

Where do you draw your inspirations from? Who are your inspirations?

That’s a tough question, it all depends. It could be a place I’m vacationing, an incident, a dream, anything. I got my inspiration for “ALL THE RIGHT MOVES” from all the Law and Order I watch. “SOMEONE TO LOVE ME” when I went to Alaska. “AGAINST THE ODDS” came from a dream. “WICKED DESIRE”, due out in October under my pen name Tory Richards, takes place in the little town I’m from in Maine, around the China Lake area.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

It takes money to make money. And what is the worst? It takes money to make money.

If you were not a writer what would you be?

You mean besides a lucky woman with a loving, supportive and wonderful family? Nothing, I’m serious. I’ve been writing all my life, it’s in my blood, my heart.

I am curious on the process on how someone gets their book published. Do you submit your manuscripts to different publishers or editors? Do you get to choose who you want to publish with?

You don’t choose your publisher, they choose you. You might query them first and they might request your manuscript but they have to like it, don’t they. As a rule you submit to one publisher at a time. Then you wait for their response, it’s a good time to start that next book. You could submit to several publishers before finding one who’s interested in publishing your book.

What made you decide to put most of your books in E-book format?

There are several reasons I like epublishers. Their guidelines aren’t nearly as strict as the traditional publishing houses. The wait to hear back from them is less than half the time. They get your books out to the public faster. You don’t have to print out your manuscript and mail them out, everything is done on line. Plus it’s the future!

What are your heroes and heroines like?

Tough as nails, steely eyed alpha hunks with all the right moves to please their women. My heroines are spunky, passionate and not afraid to fight for their men.

I read that you like to collect antiques. What is the most unique piece you own and from where?

Maybe not so unique but I have a large picture of my great grandmother taken in 1887, in the original frame. I found it in a dark corner of a closet in my grandmother’s farm house, right before they burned it down to rebuild. The most unique piece I’ve ever owned was a wood statue of the Christ child, about life size. It was auctioned off at Sotheby’s.

What did you do with the money from your first sale?

Paid for a colored ad in Romantic Times Magazine and bought myself a paper cutter.

Your blog states that you once raced your car 110 miles. What was that like and did you get in trouble?

This one makes me grin. I had just picked up a hitch hiker; this was back in the 70’s when that kind of thing wasn’t as dangerous as today. Anyway, I was going down this two-lane road that was about to become one-lane. The person driving the car beside me started to speed up to get in front of me before the road ran out, before I knew it we were racing side by side, each trying to be first. There was a hill coming up in front of us, right where the road turned into one lane. I pushed my car up to 110 miles before I was able to pass the other car just as the road ran out. Dumb thing to do but I was young and reckless. As soon as we got over the hill safely my hitch hiker asked to be let out.

What do you plan to do with your summer?

I really haven’t made any plans. It’s too hot here in Florida to do anything.

Thank you for taking the time to do this interview.

I appreciate you interviewing me, it was fun! If anyone wants to check out my books visit my websites or blog at or or

Hope you all had fun reading my interview with Debbie Wallace/Tory Richards. She has offered up one lucky reader a chance to win an electronic copy of one of her books. Your choices are "ALL THE RIGHT MOVES", "AGAINST THE ODDS", OR "SOMEONE TO LOVE ME".

Just leave a comment and I will pick a winner Monday and let you know how to claim your prize. Thanks again for
stopping by and come back real soon.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Two Thrillers of Kevin O'Brien's

I have read both of these books a while ago but thought I would chat about them, just in case no one has ever read this author's work. The first book I read of Kevin O'Brien's was The Killing Spree and the other one was One Last Scream. After reading One Last Scream, I am hooked and can't wait to read more by this author.

When a serial killer gets a taste for blood...he only wants to do one thing...kill and kill again...

Years ago, the Seattle police were baffled by the Schoolgirl Murders. The killer staged the scenes, dressing his female victims in school girl uniforms and saddle shoes. No woman in Seattle felt safe, until they caught the man responsible, and the case was forgotten…

Across the country, a killing spree is taking place. The first victim is attacked in a taxi by a mysterious stranger. The next is found strangled in a changing room. A hitchhiker is left by the side of the road, his identity brutally stolen. The murders are so bizarre, so random, no one would think to connect them…

Only Seattle writer Gillian McBride sees the disturbing coincidences between all the murders – and it’s hitting too close to home. Somehow, she is the link between the past and the present – and to a twisted serial killer who shows no signs of stopping…

The concept of a serial killer killing people in exactly the same way as they were killed in the books was great. This was my first book I ever read by this author but it was good enough to get me hooked on trying other books by him. Which lead me to One Last Scream (see below). If you love suspense/thrillers than you have to try out a Kevin O'Brien book.

I rate this book 4 stars

Eleven years ago twelve women vanished without a trace and their whereabouts are still a mystery.

Amelia Faraday suffers from blackouts, so when she has a vision of something terrible happening to her adopted parents and her aunt she can’t help but feel that she may somehow be responsible for their deaths and the deaths of others.

It seems like the deaths of her parents and her aunt was a murder–suicide case but that all changes when Amelia sees herself killing everyone in exactly the same way they were found.

Amelia’s therapist, Karen Carlisle does not believe that Amelia could be capable of murder. As time passes, Amelia’s behavior starts getting more and more bizarre, Karen and Amelia’s uncle decide to investigate Amelia’s past and what they find is more than they bargained for.

Could Amelia be a cold-blooded killer or a pawn in a deadly game?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though I figured out the true identity of the killer about 3/4 of the way I was not disappointed by how it ended. The characters were great and there was plenty of suspense to keep me reading till the end. I couldn't put this book down.

This book is highly recommended and I give it 5 stars.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Reapers

I have not read this book but wanted to share it. This was one of the books featured in a newsletter I receive.

As a small boy, Louis witnesses an unspeakable crime that takes the life of a member of his small, southern community. He grows up and moves on, but he is forever changed by the cruel and brutal nature of the act. It lights a fire deep within him that burns white and cold, a quiet flame just waiting to ignite. Now, years later, the sins of his life are reaching into his present, bringing with them the buried secrets and half-forgotten acts of his past.

Someone is hunting him, targeting his home, his businesses, and his partner, Angel. The instrument of revenge is Bliss, a killer of killers, the most feared of assassins. Bliss is a Reaper, a lethal tool to be applied toward the ultimate end, but he is also a man with a personal vendetta.

Hardened by their pasts, Louis and Angel decide to strike back. While they form a camaraderie that brings them solace, it offers them no shelter from the fate that stalks them. When they mysteriously disappear, their friends are forced to band together to find them. They are led by private detective Charlie Parker, a killer himself, a Reaper in waiting.

Connolly's triumphant prose and unerring rendering of his tortured characters mesmerize and chill. He creates a world where everyone is corrupt, murderers go unpunished, but betrayals are always avenged. Yet another masterpiece from a proven talent, The Reapers will terrify and transfix.

Product Details
Atria, May 2008
Hardcover (Laydown), 368 pages
ISBN-10: 1-4165-6952-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-4165-6952-7

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hunter's Edge

Here's a book for all you vampire lovers. Plus check out my Extra, Extra on the right hand side above the calendar for cool upcoming events!. Thanks

HUNTER'S EDGE by Shiloh Walker

Samhain Publishing
May 2008
ISBN: 1605040295

Some love can last a lifetime—their love was destined to last longer.

Angel’s first words to Kel were I’m going to marry you. She was seven at the time. He was eight. And he didn’t laugh when she spoke the words. Best friends as children, lovers as young adults, they had an unexplainable bond. Their future looked set. Until the night they were attacked by a creature that couldn’t exist.

Angel survived the attack—barely. But Kel didn’t. Or at least, nobody thought he did. His body was never found and Angel’s life would never be the same.

The attack might not have killed Kel’s body, but it sure as hell killed his heart. Twelve years later, there’s one part of his former life that he can’t move past. Angel. He can’t let her go, but he can’t have her either. She doesn’t even realize he is still alive.

But when a threat surfaces, Kel’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect Angel. Even if it drives them both to the edge of insanity and back.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Viva Las Vegas Baby!

Hey, how'd a picture of me and my husband end up on my blog! LOL

Oh yeah that's right it is not me and hubbie but instead the cover for What Happens in Vegas.

I have not read this book but just thought the cover was a fun one.


Harlequin Spice May 2008
ISBN: 0373605242
order at
order at Barnes&Noble.

Winning it big.

That's the name of the game at Las Vegas's Liege Hotel and Casino, where the hottest fantasies hinge on the roll of the dice and the tantalizing knowledge that anything could happen before sunrise.

Cocktail waitress Carinna wants a man to tie her up, not tie her down. Little does she know that her most willing partner yet has something else planned for this fiery Latina bombshell.

Dahlia is a burlesque dancer with a brain for business and a bod for sin. Her latest admirer may be a sweet talking Casanova, but despite what he thinks she's not giving anything away for free.

Meanwhile Amy has the perfect plan to rob the Liege Casino blind...until the intimidating owner catches her red-handed. Now she knows she's going to pay with both pleasure and pain.

Professional shill Cassidy is ready to experience a breathless rendezvous with her "friend with benefits." But when he proposes five delicious nights of sexy blackjack, the stakes have never been so high.

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Eric's got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can't remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It's almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost. Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another - he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades -- and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas -- which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.

All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice -- not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness. Because being undead isn't easy, but it sure beats the alternative.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Christina Dodd's Two Latest

Check out the two latest books in Darkness Chosen Series. You can pre-order both books now.
I have not read either of these books but wanted to share about them as I know there are a lot of people who are into the paranormal. I am getting more into the paranormal too.

Due out July 2008

For the ability to transform into a heartless predator, a brutal warrior promised his soul-and the souls of his descendents-to the devil. Now, one thousand years later, the Wilder brothers battle the darkness inside them.

Blessed-or cursed-with the ability to change into a sleek, cruel panther, and driven by a dark soul he's accepted as his fate, powerful Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness. He excels at every vice, kidnapping strong-willed Karen Sonnet and forcing her to welcome the helpless pleasure only he can give her. But Karen's spirit and passion make him question the force of his family's curse, for she could be the key to their survival. And when a new evil emerges, Adrik must choose whether to enact revenge on his enemies and redeem his soul or save Karen from a fate worse than death. Read more ...

Due out August 2008

For the ability to transform into a heartless predator, a brutal warrior promised his soul-and the souls of his descendents-to the devil.

Now, one thousand years later, the Wilder brothers battle the darkness inside them. Blessed-or cursed-with the ability to change into a sleek, cruel panther, and driven by a dark soul he's accepted as his fate, powerful Adrik Wilder abandons his family and his honor to pursue a life of wickedness. He excels at every vice, kidnapping strong-willed Karen Sonnet and forcing her to welcome the helpless pleasure only he can give her. But Karen's spirit and passion make him question the force of his family's curse, for she could be the key to their survival. And when a new evil emerges, Adrik must choose whether to enact revenge on his enemies and redeem his soul or save Karen from a fate worse than death. Read more ...

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Another Edition of the Sunday Salon

My feature today is on two books Shadow Man and The Face of Death by Cody McFadyen.
For anything who likes suspense/thrillers will enjoy these books. While reading these books I can't belive that a man wrote them. You will understand when you read them as the way he writes the females characters and their personalites is just like a woman. I can't wait to see what Mr. McFadyen comes up with next.

Here's a little bit about the book.

Once, Special Agent Smoky Barrett hunted serial killers for the FBI. She was one of the best -- until a madman terrorized her family, killed her husband and daughter, and left her face scarred and her soul brutalized. Turning the tables on the killer, Smoky shot him dead–but her life was shattered forever.

Now Smoky dreams about picking up her weapon again. She dreams about placing the cold steel between her lips and pulling the trigger one last time. Because for a woman who’s lost everything, what is there left to lose?

She’s about to find out.

In all her years at the Bureau, Smoky has never encountered anyone like him -- a new and fascinating kind of monster, a twisted genius who defies profilers’ attempts to understand him. And he’s issued Smoky a direct challenge, coaxing her back from the brink with the only thing that could convince her to live.

The killer videotaped his latest crime -- an act of horror that left a child motherless -- then sent a message addressed to Agent Smoky Barrett. The message is enough to shock Smoky back to work, back to her FBI team. And that child awakens something in Smoky she thought was gone forever.

Suddenly the stakes are raised. The game has changed. For as this deranged monster embarks on an unspeakable spree of perversion and murder, Smoky is coming alive again -- and she’s about to face her greatest fears as a cop, a woman, a mother . . . and a merciless killer’s next victim.

This was my first book by Cody McFadyen. It is a winner! The plot lines were intense, the characters had depth as well as very believable. Shadow Man is somewhat gory but if you don't mind that gore like me than you will really like this book. Smokey could really stand her ground throughout the who story. Talk about women empowerment. Remember this is coming from a book about a serial killer that was written by a man! That is saying something wonderful about Mr. McFadyen's writing style. You will not be sorry you picked up this book but instead will be sorry when it ends.

I rate this book 5 stars!

This is the second book. Here's a little tid bit about it.

“I want to talk to Smoky Barrett or I’ll kill myself.”

The girl is sixteen, at the scene of a grisly triple homicide, and has a gun to her head. She claims “The Stranger” killed her adoptive family, that he’s been following her all her life, killing everyone she ever loved, and that no one believes her.

No one has. Until now.

Special Agent Smoky Barrett is head of the violent crimes unit in Los Angeles, the part of the FBI reserved for tracking down the worst of the worst. Her team has been handpicked from among the nation’s elite law enforcement specialists and they are as obsessed and relentless as the psychos they hunt; they’ll have to be to deal with this case.

For another vicious double homicide reveals a killer embarked on a dark crusade of trauma and death: an “artist” who’s molding sixteen-year-old Sarah into the perfect victim -- and the ultimate weapon. But Smoky Barrett has another, more personal reason for catching The Stranger -- an adopted daughter and a new life that are worth protecting at any cost.

This time Smoky is going to have to put it all on the line. Because The Stranger is all too real, all too close, and all too relentless. And when he finally shows his face, if she’s not ready to confront her worst fear, Smoky won’t have time to do anything but die.

The Face of Death is the second book that features Smokey Barrett. I really enjoyed this book. The characters were great and they had wonderful dimensions, which is hard to find in books. Not to say Shadow Man wasn't good too but I have to say I liked The Face of Death a little more. I think the reason was because I had got to know Smokey and was rooting for her to come on top again. Plus the ending was a huge surprise! I love when the endings are not what I expected.

I rate this book 5 stars!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Win One of Five ARCs

An international cabal drives Volk back to blood-soaked Chechnya, where he confronts an old nemesis and reunites with his lost love in this gripping sequel to the acclaimed series debut.Volk's Shadow finds Colonel Alexei Volkovoy — covert agent of the Russian army and major player in the Moscow underworld—once again struggling to stay afloat in the swirling currents of Russian political and economic intrigue. This time, however, he is without his sidekick and lover, the ethereal Valya Novaskaya.

Aching for the soul mate he pushed away, Volk begins to doubt himself, becoming even more detached from the brutality of his actions. When he takes out his inner pain on the wrong man, he gains a powerful enemy in the highest reaches of the Kremlin, and only after he travels back to Chechnya to eliminate his old nemesis, Abreg, is Volk’s debt finally repaid.

Go to for all the details on how to win a copy but hurry as this contest ends at 5am EST time April 21nd.

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A Book Blogger's Diary is giving away 2 copies of acclaimed author Joshilyn Jackson's latest book, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming.I was privileged enough to read and review this novel some days previously and I was embarrassingly enthusiastic about it! Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I now have 2 copies of this truly amazing novel to give away!

Here's some information about the book.

Laurel Gray Hawthorne needs to make things pretty, whether she's helping her mother make sure the literal family skeleton stays in the closet or turning scraps of fabric into nationally acclaimed art quilts. Her estranged sister Thalia, an impoverished Actress with a capital A, is her polar opposite, priding herself on exposing the lurid truth lurking behind middle class niceties.

While Laurel's life seems neatly on track--a passionate marriage, a treasured daughter, and a lovely home in suburban Victorianna--everything she holds dear is suddenly thrown into question the night she is visited by the ghost of a her 13-year old neighbor Molly Dufresne. The ghost leads Laurel to the real Molly floating lifelessly in the Hawthorne's backyard pool.

Molly's death is inexplicable--an unseemly mystery Laurel knows no one in her whitewashed neighborhood is up to solving. Only her wayward, unpredictable sister is right for the task, but calling in a favor from Thalia is like walking straight into a frying pan protected only by Crisco. Enlisting Thalia's help, Laurel sets out on a life-altering journey that triggers startling revelations about her family's guarded past, the true state of her marriage, and the girl who stopped swimming.

Richer and more rewarding than any story Joshilyn Jackson has yet written, yet still packed with Jackson's trademarked outrageous characters, sparkling dialogue, and defiantly twisting plotting, THE GIRL WHO STOPPED SWIMMING is destined both to delight Jackson's loyal fans and capture a whole new audience.

Go to for all the details on how to win a copy but hurry as this contest ends at 5am EST time April 22nd.

These Boots Were Made for Stomping

This cover caught my eye. It looks like and sounds like a fun book to read.

Love Spell
April 2008
384 pages
ISBN: 050552760
XEAN: 9780505527608


Whether facing the forces of evil or simply battling a bad hair day, fantastic footwear is key.

Yes, there are the right shoes for the right situation, and not every moment calls for Manolos. Sometimes a woman’s gotta be fierce as well as feminine, fiery as well as fragile. And when the legwork required is a roundhouse, when a girl’s mantra has to become “I am woman, hear me roar,” those are the times it’s good to know there’s magic in the world…because in super-powered pumps, the shrinking- est Violet or the nervous-est Nellie can do anything. Every step in magic shoes is sure to be a big one.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club

Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club Maggie Marr

Cici, Lydia, Jessica and Mary Anne once again struggle to maintain their place at the top of the A-List.

Hollywood Girls Club #2CrownApril 2008

Featuring: Ted Robinoff; Cici Solange

272 pages

ISBN: 0307346315

EAN: 9780307346315


Celeste Solange, actress, is finding tiny lines near her eyes and is desperate to keep under wraps her sex tape and maintain her relationship with Ted Robinoff. Mary Anne Meyers, screenwriter, started dating Hollywood hotty Holden Humprhey and is being watched by everyone in America including Holden's stalker. Jessica Caulfield-Fox manager/producer attempts to juggle career, marriage and being a mom. Lydia Albright studio-head started getting creepy notes and someone is trying to blackmail her. And Kiki Dee, publicist, seems to have a hand in all the secrets and she's will to do anything to keep her spot at the top of the Hollywood PR machine. Can the Hollywood Girls Club hold their lives, their romances and get a film made amid all the craziness?

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Phantom Pleasures

Is this a hot cover or what! Check out the latest book by Julie Leto.

Phantom Pleasures by Julie Leto

Hotshot hotel developer Alexa Chandler lusts after the property she’s found off the coast of St. Augustine, Florida--a haunted island complete with an abandoned castle she intends to convert into her premiere luxury resort. Inside, the only furnishing--a captivating portrait of a man--calls to her. With a single touch, she unleashes a phantom who has been trapped within the painting for over two hundred years.

Centuries ago, Damon Forsyth charged into a mysterious gypsy enclave on a desperate mission, but found himself trapped inside a cursed painting by his mortal enemy. Over time, he has contemplated little but revenge and retribution--until undeniable need draws Alexa to his lair. Though she releases him from the painting, Damon remains bound to the castle where the portrait hangs. Damon needs Alexa to break the final barrier. Using the dark magic that enslaves him, he initiates a game of seduction--with his freedom as the ultimate prize.

Unable to resist Damon’s fierce sexuality, Alexa surrenders to his ghostly touch, but soon, she must choose between thwarting the magic that holds Damon in thrall...or her own mortality.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


I have not read this book yet but it sounded interesting.

Pleasure is inspired by those tricky relationship questions: How realistic is it for a woman to expect one man to fulfill every need that she has? What if there is more than one side to her heart? What happens when the brain loses the battle with the heart and she acts on fantasies?

And if a woman wants to live in the moment, if she wants to have things her way, is it wrong for a man to do the same?Pleasure will feature a cast of characters navigating their way through Atlanta's torrid heat and humidity. Filled with sexual energy, it mirrors the internal struggles that sparked the plots of Eric Jerome Dickey's most popular and erotic novels - Naughty or Nice, Between Lovers, and The Other Woman.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A Sit Down with Sarita Leone!

I am so excited to bring to you today a great author. Her name is Sarita Leone. I discovered her when I picked her book to review for Fallen Angel reviews. So glad I did as Vineyard Mambo is a great book. Read my review of this book at Fallen Angel reviews. It will be posted on the site at the end of the month. Hope you enjoy the interview and will go pick up yourself a copy of this book and all the other books by Sarita Leone.

First off, let me start by thanking you for taking the time to do this interview.

Honestly, I'm thrilled to be asked. Thanks for having me; I love "chatting" with readers!

Explain what a day in the life of an author is like? How long does it take from start to finish to complete a book?

My day is just like anyone else's I suppose. I do the "normal" stuff...laundry, housekeeping, cooking. I find time each day for exercise. In the summer months I garden. I spend time with my husband...that's my favorite part of any day!

Probably the thing about my day that is a little bit different is that I generally get up early, say 3 or 4, and write for a few hours before my husband wakes up. This way, unless I've got a deadline, my days are free to spend with him. I don't mind getting less sleep, while I would mind having less time with my hubby. So, to accomodate my writing, my days are usually long ones but I'm happy with that. The schedule lets me get everything done that's important to me.

The second part of your first question is a tough one. The time it takes to write a book varies with the book. Some seem to almost write themselves while others are a bit more challenging. The book I'm working on now has been in my files for the past six months or so. Until this past week it's been giving me a run for my money but I think I've finally figured the story out. Fingers crossed!

Where is your favorite place to hike?

Ah! An easy one, thank you! Hands down, my favorite hiking spot is our own property. We have a forest and some land, and thanks to Mother Nature it's constantly changing. I love poking around in the woods, finding new wildflowers and watching the birds, butterflies and wild animals. We have foxes living nearby. We've been on "baby watch" lately, hoping to catch a glimpse of the baby foxes. We haven't seen them yet, but we're still watching...

Which comes first for you … the character or the plot?

Again, that varies, but most often it's the plot.

I read on your blog that you write cookbooks. That is great. So I have to ask are you a Martha Stewart in the kitchen?

I wish you could hear me laughing! I am so not Martha! My husband can vouch for that one, since he's the object of my cooking "tests" and the guy who is usually called to quiet the smoke alarm when I've forgotten to set the baking timer! But what I lack in finesse, I make up for with enthusiasm, I think. I love cooking and baking so time in the kitchen is usually fun for me. I get such a kick out of concocting recipes and trying new things. And I love writing cookbooks so others can (hopefully!) enjoy some of the things that make our smoke alarm squeal!

If you could try any other profession in the world. What would it be and why?

There are so many, I don't think I could name just one. I'm pretty curious, so I'd love to try a lot of new things.

Circus performer, definitely, because they travel and wear neat costumes. I wouldn't mind being a rancher, but only for a while, just to try it out. I think I'd like the wide open space setting but I'm not sure I'd be thrilled with sitting on a saddle all day long. My fanny smarts just thinking about that one. Hmm...really, there are lots I wouldn't mind trying but in the end I don't believe I'd trade mine for another.

How did you come up with the titles for the chapters in Vineyard Mambo? Titles like Hot Waffle Kisses or Grilled Pizza and Cold Leads.

I had chapter titles in my first book, Snowdance, too. I put them there because I like it when I read a book with chapter titles, so I wanted to give that feature to my readers in my own books. The titles come before I begin to write the chapter. They come from my intention for where the book's headed with regard to the particular chapter. In Hot Waffle Kisses I knew before I sat down to write that Anna and Tony were going to have a hotter sort of breakfast interlude so it seemed a natural place to start, with that chapter heading. That's pretty much the way they all come about.

That was very creative naming the cat Merlot in the book. Do you have pets? What are their names?

Thank you! We do have a cat. Her name is Piglet but she doesn't know she's a cat. She honestly, truly, I'm sure of it, thinks she's human. We're not going to tell her otherwise. Why burst her little bubble? *G*

How much research do you do and how do you do it?

The amount of research definitely depends on the book. Part of Snowdance takes place during World War II, so it required a fair amount. I used the Internet for a lot of it but I also did it the old-fashioned way: I talked to people who were around during the war. I read a lot of books on the subject, too. And that's really the way I handle all research, whatever the topic. I try and find someone who can tell me firsthand about the subject; then I fill in the gaps on my own. I've found that most people like to talk about things close to their heart. The trick is finding the person whose passion suits the research topic!

Name some other authors books you enjoy reading?

There are so many but Stephen King is hands down my favorite author.

Does reader's feedback help you with your writing? Is feedback something that is very important to you?

I love hearing from readers so reader feedback is very important to me. It matters because my readers matter. It makes my day to hear someone has been touched by something I've written! It's such a thrill!

I've printed out every letter I've gotten from readers. I keep them in a special box and just knowing they're there is something I smile about. :)

What do you want your readers to take from your books?

Welcoming a reader into a story is a dream come true for me. I'd love it if readers could enjoy reading a story as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Honestly, I'd just love it if at the end of the story the reader could sit back, smile and think, Now, I liked that. If something I've written makes just one person happy today, I'm satisfied. If that happens, I can sit back and smile and think, Now, I like that. It makes my day.

Cheryl, thanks so much for having me here today. You asked great interview questions; I hope I've done them justice. This has been a fun experience for me!

Thank you for reading Vineyard Mambo. Anna, Tony, Nonno and Merlot came from my heart and I really hope they find a place in readers' hearts, too. I've loved having the opportunity to chat about them, and about books, writing and life with you. :)

To read more about Mrs. Leone's books and to keep up on coming novels. Go to her website at

Monday, April 14, 2008


A woman's world is turned upside down when new evidence frees a man she put in prison with her testimony years ago in this latest ingenious thriller from the author Publishers Weekly calls "one of the best contemporary thriller writers around."

Twenty years ago Nell Jarreau witnessed the murder of her boyfriend. Her testimony put a man behind bars—and led her to her husband, Clay, the gentle detective who solved the case. They've been happy ever since—and have raised a daughter together—but then one phone call changes everything.

New evidence has exonerated Alvin DuPree, aka Pirate—the man Nell helped to convict—and now he's a free man. Nell is consumed by feelings of guilt, and for the first time in their marriage, Clay is no help. The case is closed for him, this new turn of events a mistake, nothing more, and Nell's attempts to talk to him about the situation are met with anger. And to make matters worse, the whole ordeal is beginning to wear on her relationship with her daughter.

Nell is determined to find the answers to her questions, though. Is DuPree, now a much-changed man, really innocent? Could Nell have been wrong all those years ago? Does her husband—or her daughter—know something about the case Nell doesn't? But secrets buried for twenty years tend to grow roots, to burrow deep; and they are not unearthed easily. Every answer produces more questions, and Nell's search eventually leads her to the one person she hasn't approached: the freed man himself. As the pieces fall into place, Nell realizes that the truth—and very real danger—could be much closer than she ever imagined.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Win a copy of Sexless

Here's your chance to win!

Winners selected April 15, the day the book comes out. NOTE: Entrants who also mention and link to the book soundtrack on iTunes will get an extra entry (only one prize per entrant, however). Need some inspiration? Check out how Batesline and Superfast Reader did it. (Never fear if you don’t have a personal story as they do; one reader simply entered this way.)

Can you believe a book has it's own soundtrack? That is so cool!!

The Sunday Salon

I just joined The Sunday Salon. So as my first posting for the salon, I am presenting you with four book reviews by Pamela Thibodeaux.

Pamela Thibodeaux herself contacted me for an opportunity to review her books. I am so glad she did. Also look forward to an interview and a guest blog from Pamela in the near future. Thanks and hope you enjoy. Plus, I will also be posting my reviews of her Tempered Series.

Choices by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Camie enjoys living in her hometown of Eunice, Louisiana. Big time country music star Kip Allen will be playing in Eunice as his final stop for his tour Home is Where the Heart is. They used to be sweethearts. Kip couldn't picture living in one place and Camie didn't mind it.

I loved the fact that Choices showed that you didn't have to be in the spotlight all the time to prove that you are special to someone. Choices also proved that two different people from two very different paths can unite futhermore they just may have more in common than they think.

A Hero for Jessica By Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Anthony Paul Seville is a lawyer. He will be giving a lecture on the finer points of law. Jessica Aucoin can't resist attending the lecture Anthony will be hosting at. She has been longing for Anthony for a long time. Jessica gets a chance to spend more time with Anthony when she asks him for his help in cutting loose her contract she has with her publishing company. She writes romance novels. Unfortunately Jessica has a secret and doesn't know if Anthony will accept her after he finds out.

A Hero for Jessica is a recommended read. This story is about the mistakes we make and the people who love us. Anthony was the ultimate knight in shining amour. He not only loves Jessica but wants to be her protector. Again as with every book I have read so far of Pamela S. Thibodeaux they just keep getting better and better. I love the messages that each novel tells plus with keeping her strong faith in the Lord alive.

Cathy's Angel by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Cathy Johnson was joyful for the many blessings she received in her life. She thanked God for them everyday. Jared Savoy was jogging during the quiet morning hours when he sees Cathy stumble and fall. He stops to help her. Jared pitches in lending a hand taking care of Cathy's four children and doing things around the house. Will he go bored or is this already made family what he has been looking for?

This inspirational story of Cathy and Jared has a great life lesson to be shared. It teaches us that every through adversity God will not forsake us. Just because we don't see results or don't like the results. The Lord may have a better plan for us and we just need to be patience. Pamela's messages after each story is heart felt and needed.

The Inheritance by Pamela S. Thibodeaux

Rebecca Sinclair has looked forward to turning forty and settling down with her husband Jim. When an unexpected event happens a year ago and Rebecca's husband Jim dies of a heart attack. Rebecca is not sure how she can go on but God has a plan for her. Raymond Jacobey, U.S. Postal Carrier has been a great friend to Rebecca for the past few months but wants to be more than friends. He isn't sure if Rebecca is ready. Plus, what is up with the strange letter Rebeeca receives and who is Jin?

The Inheritance is a novel about strength, unexpected miracles, friends and family, and an unending faith in the Lord. Pamela Thibodeaux has just become one of my new favorite authors. I really enjoy after each story Pamela's summary about the book in addition to her message about the Lord. She uses her strong faith to relay the message of it in her books. This is truely a blessing. I look forward to reading the other novels by Pamela Thibodeaux.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Grapevine Challenge

I learned about this from J.Kaye Book Blog and thought what a fun challenge, so I signed up. Thanks

The goal of this challenge is to read 3 new-to-you books between June 1 and November 30 that have been recommended to you. Any type of book is OK. It can even be a book by an author you've read before.

Cross-overs with other challenges are fine, and you can change books at any time. And there will be a prize at the end of the challenge. You will need to sign up before June 1.
Sign up with Mr. Linky with a link to your post listing the books and how they were recommended to you.

For all the details go to and sign up today!

Ok, Here are my three books:

1. Wind Follower -recommended by J. Kaye
2. Tempted by Megan Hart-recommended by J. Kaye
3. Infected by Scott Sigler-Becky

Book Reporter Contest

For Taylor Young, life is very good. She has a handsome husband who loves her, three gorgeous children, a personally designed and decorated dream house. Suburbanite trendsetter and super mom, she reigns supreme over her perfect world. And as long as no one notices the fragile woman beneath her coiffed and polished image, things will stay that way.

Like this book? Good than here is your chance to win 1 of 10 copies ARC from Book reporter

Just fill out this form by Friday April 18th at

The Pleasure of his Bed

Does this cover not make you want to jump in bed and stay all day!

TIES THAT BIND in The Pleasure of His Bed anthology

A lustful, dominating queen has the tables turned on her when she’s sold as a sex slave to the very man she was supposed to marry.


Kingdom of Hesione

Outskirts of the Quantra Province

If there was one thing Queen Jarina hated it was for her uncle to try and control her. She was queen after all, though he seemed to forget it at every turn.

“Ampyx, hold your tongue,” Jarina said between clenched teeth.

Her uncle disregarded her order as he spun toward the small group of nobles gathered in the chamber. “She must marry. No woman should rule alone. Each of you know what type of damage a woman can get us into,” he all but shouted as he swung around and pointed to Jarina. “She’s young and doesn’t know yet her true position.

”Jarina had heard enough. She rose on shaking legs and glared at the uncle she had come to despise. He was the only family she had left, but there were times she could have cheerfully called for his beheading. And this was one of those times.

“You overstep your bounds, Ampyx,” Jarina said, her voice loud and carrying well in the high-ceilinged chamber. “Though you may be family, you do not rule. I do."

“I know that all too well,” he mumbled.

But loud enough that Jarina heard him. There was no mistaking the hate radiating from his gaze. She would have to be careful with her uncle. She couldn’t throw him out, he had too much power with the nobles, but she would make sure that power began to decline. Immediately.

“If you know who rules, how do you dare to tell me I should marry? Do you forget Queen Neffi who ruled alone her entire life? She had no man at her side, she needed no man at her side, and she kept us out of war. Something you men can’t seem to do.

”Jarina turned to the nobles. “Turg, was it not your people that disobeyed my father’s direct order to stand down against the Pereths?

”Turg had the good grace to lower his gaze. “Aye, your highness, that we did.

”Jarina whirled back around to her uncle. “I will get us out of this war that has all but brought us to our knees, and it will not be by marriage, Ampyx. Understand that now, for I will not hear another word on the subject.” She held her uncle’s gaze until he looked away and bowed, but not before she saw the malice lurking in his cold blue eyes. It was no secret her uncle wanted the throne. He had tried many times to convince her father to turn over the crown to him. Her father had been a good man, a soft spoken, quiet man, but he had ruled with dignity, honesty and fairness. The people had loved him as much as they had loved her mother.

Jarina waved away the nobles from the throne room as memories of her parents flooded her. She sank onto her throne and rested her head in her hands. How she missed her parents. They had been loving and supportive. Since the day of her birth, her parents had tutored and readied her for her role as queen of Hesione.

She was ready to be queen, and she knew she could rule as well as her parents. If her uncle wasn’t around to stir up the nobles and make them think she wasn’t a capable queen.

“As if marriage to some pompass man would stop this infernal war,” she grumbled to herself.

She still couldn’t believe Ampyx wanted her to marry the king of Pereth, the very man who had started the war that took her parents.

“Never,” she vowed.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Elizabeth Hoyt is Here!

Today you are all in for a treat as the lovely Ms. Elizabeth Hoyt is here to chat.
Her latest book To Taste Temptation, which is the first book in the Legend of the Four Soldiers series is coming out May 2008 but you can pre-order it right now.


I was at a conference this last weekend and got asked the perennial author question, ? Where do all your ideas come from?? Authors have a tendency to either stare blankly at this question or laugh. The fact is, most of us have way too many ideas, but asking where they come from is like asking where the wind comes from. It?s just there, you know? (And yes, I know there's a scientific explanation for winds and how they start, but if you want to read about science today, go look at the Smithsonian website or something. Sheesh.) Anyway. So, usually there? Is just no answer to ? Where do all your ideas come from?? But, oddly enough, with my upcoming May release, To Taste Temptation, there is. I was watching The Last of the Mohicans a while back and had an interesting thought. What if a Colonial gentleman like Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis? character in The Last of the Mohicans) came to Georgian London? A raw gentleman. A gentleman used to more savage and direct ways of doing things. A gentleman wearing Indian leggings. And what if that same Colonial gentleman should meet a refined and elegant English lady who vastly disapproved of ill-mannered Colonials and their leggings?What then?That single thought led to writing To Taste Temptation which is the first in a four-book series, The Legend of the Four Soldiers. I hope you enjoy them all! Cheers!

Elizabeth Hoyt

Isn't this one of the most beautiful covers you have ever seen?

Here's a little summary of what the book is about. Enjoy

Lady Emeline Gordon is the model of sophistication in London's elite social circles, always fashionable and flawlessly appropriate. As such, she is the perfect chaperone for Rebecca, the young sister of a successful Boston businessman and former Colonial soldier.

Samuel Hartley may be wealthy, but his manners are as uncivilized as the American wilderness he was raised in. Who wears moccasins to a grand ball? His arrogant disregard for propriety infuriates Emeline, even as his boldness excites her.

But beneath Samuel's rakish manner, he is haunted by tragedy. He has come to London to settle a score, not to fall in love. And as desperately as Emeline longs to feel this shameless man's hands upon her, to taste those same lips he uses to tease her, she must restrain herself. She is not free. But some things are beyond a lady's control...

And as if reading how Elizabeth comes up with her ideas and the summary wasn't enough to convince you to order your copy of the book. Than hopefully reading this excerpt will!

Emeline frowned at Mr. Hartley. "What are you doing here?"He raised his eyebrows and stepped so close his breath brushed her cheek. "Why do you care?""Care?"

She opened her mouth, closed it, and then opened it again. "It isn't that I care, it's simply--""You're in a bad mood." He pursed his lips and tilted his head as if he were examining a suspect piece of fruit. "You're often in a bad mood.""That's not true.""You were in a bad mood yesterday.

""But--""You were in a bad mood when first I met you at Mrs. Conrad's salon.""I was not--""And while your mood was not precisely bad when we came to tea, it certainly could not be termed good." He smiled kindly at her. "But perhaps I have the case wrong. Perhaps you?re usually a lady with a sunny disposition and it's only my advent into your life that has turned you sour."

She gaped at him--actually gaped, her mouth hanging ajar like the greenest debutant. How dare he? No one spoke to her in this manner! He had turned away now and was idly plinking the harpsichord in a most annoying manner. She caught him glancing slyly at her, his mouth curving at the corner.

"And while your mood was not precisely bad when we came to tea, it certainly could not be termed good." He smiled kindly at her. "But perhaps I have the case wrong. Perhaps you're usually a lady with a sunny disposition and it's only my advent into your life that has turned you sour."She gaped at him--actually gaped, her mouth hanging ajar like the greenest debutant.

How dare he? No one spoke to her in this manner! He had turned away now and was idly plinking the harpsichord in a most annoying manner. She caught him glancing slyly at her, his mouth curving at the corner.

Emeline twitched her skirts straight. She hadn't been the belle of innumerable balls for nothing."I hadn't realized my voice was so sharp, Mr. Hartley," she said. She kept her eyes downcast and worked to look woebegone--not a very familiar expression. "Had I known the distress my unladylike surliness would cause you, I would have died a thousand deaths rather than acted so. Please accept my apology."She waited. It was his turn. Now he would be covered in shame because he?d made a lady apologize so abjectly. Perhaps he would even stutter.

She tried not to smirk.Instead there was only silence. His long fingers played on the harpsichord keys without any notion of music. If he continued much longer she would go mad.Finally, she looked up.Mr. Hartley wasn't even paying attention to his hands. Instead he was watching her with a faintly amused expression. "When was the last time you apologized to a man?"

Ooo! He was the most provoking oaf!"I don't know," she said sadly. "Years, perhaps." She stepped closer and placed her hand on the keys beside his. Then she looked up at him and slowly let her mouth curve into a very small smile. "But I do know he was most satisfied with my apology."

His hands stilled, the room suddenly hushed. His eyes were intent in an almost frightening way. For the life of her, Emeline could not look away from him. She watched as his gaze drifted over her face, coming finally to rest on her mouth. Without even thinking, her lips parted. His eyes narrowed and he took a step toward her, closing the space between them.

Well I hope you all enjoyed today. Now go order your copy. I want to thank Elizabeth Hoyt for stopping by. It was fun.

For all you who commented today. You are entered to win a copy of The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. She graciously offered this prize. I will pick a winner and email you on how to claim your prize.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and come back soon.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Mistress of Deception Earl

Mistress of Deception Earl by Kathleen Coddington, Cerridwen Press

Fleeing her half-brother Paolo after his attempt to have her murdered for her dowry, Isabella D'Angelo disguises herself as a boy and heads to her uncle in Rome. The journey ahead is full of danger and both her life and her reputation depend on her skills as a mistress of deception.

Marco Galleazzo is on his way to Rome on an important mission. When he saves Isabella from a group of drunken mercenaries, she begs him to take her with him. Even after he discovers his newly acquired body servant is really a woman, the fear in Isabella's eyes compels him to help her even as he fights his growing attraction to his mysterious companion.

During the long journey their mutual desire eventually ignites passions neither of them can deny. Isabella longs to tell Marco the truth about herself, but Paolo's treachery still haunts her. If she doesn't find the courage to trust Marco, the web of lies she's created is sure to destroy the love blossoming between them.

And in the middle of that web--Paolo waits.

Here's your chance to get an ARC

J. Scott Savage, author of the Farworld series is giving you a chance to get an ARC of his first book in the series.

Here's a little bit of information

My publisher, Shadow Mountain, is providing me with 400 advanced reader copies of the first book in the Farworld series, Farworld—Water. The books will be used for a blog tour running from July 1 to August 31. (The book should hit the shelves the first week of September. It appears the official release date is September 5th.) I will send the first 200 bloggers who sign up to take part in the tour an ARC, and will also drop ship a second copy for them as part of any type of contest they would like to run.

What: Farworld Blog
When: The tour will run through the months of July and August.
Signup will begin Friday, April 11th.
Go to his blog at for all the details. Thanks and help spread the word

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Shakespeare's Wife

Little is known about Ann Hathaway, the wife of England's greatest playwright; a great deal, none of it complimentary, has been assumed. The omission of her name from Shakespeare's will has been interpreted as evidence that she was nothing more than an unfortunate mistake from which Shakespeare did well to distance himself.

While Shakespeare is above all the poet of marriage—repeatedly in his plays, constant wives redeem unjust and deluded husbands—scholars persist in positing the worst about the writer's own spouse. In Shakespeare's Wife, Germaine Greer boldly breaks new ground, combining literary-historical techniques with documentary evidence about life in Stratford, to reset the story of Shakespeare's marriage in its social context. With deep insight and intelligence, she offers daring and thoughtful new theories about the farmer's daughter who married England's greatest poet, painting a vivid portrait of a remarkable woman.

A passionate and perceptive work of first-rate scholarship that reclaims this maligned figure from generations of scholarly neglect and misogyny, Shakespeare's Wife poses bold questions and opens new fields of investigation and research.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Hot and Bothered


Savannah, Georgia: city of history, mystery, and ghosts as well as four best friends who have never fit in anywhere except with each other.

But everything is about to change as an unsolved murder from decades ago draws them close—and closer still—to four sexy bachelors with secrets of their own.

In Savannah, what you expect is never what you get...


Hi, Everyone!

One of the reasons I wrote Hot and Bothered is that I wanted to set a book in Savannah. Not only because I love Paula Deen, pralines, magnolias and am a Southern Belle at heart...yes, I do own a set of pearls and have my own deviled egg plate...but I love that Savannah is the most haunted city in the US! You can’t swing a ruffled parasol in Savannah without hitting something that has a ghost story connected to it. Every old restored building has strange noises, lights flashing, creeks and groans and stuff gone missing for no reason.

My daughter lives in Savannah in what was once an old Northern Aggression barracks (that’s the Civil War to you Yankees). When her sketching pencil goes missing she always finds it in the bottom of her duffle bag. Ghosts just loooove to play games.

Waiters at the Pirate House Restaurant where pirates actually hung out and did evil pirate things talk of deserts being flung across the room. At the Pink House Restaurant you can be shown to you table by James Habersham. That he died a hundred years ago is a bit unsettling.

Juliette Gordon Low has been seen on the porch tapping her foot if the visiting Girl Scouts are not out of her house at five o’clock sharp and Jim Williams of Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil fame has been seem more than once at the Mercer House where he lived and died. And of course there are the Savannah doorways painted Haint blue to ward off evil spirits and the hour before midnight for doing good and the hour after for doing evil.

There is definitely something unusual going on in Savannah...or not?

Do you believe in ghosts? Have superstitions?Do you have a lucky shirt? Hat? How many baseball players never step on the base line when taking the field or never shave before a game?
My house in Cincy is haunted. Too many things going bump in the night...and day...and shadowy figures at the window.

So, what about you? Do you have a ghost story for me? A favorite superstition? Or do you think it’s all bunk? I’ll give away a Hot and Bothered T-shirt from your emails to me at: Please put Access Romance in the subject line.

Happy Hauntings,Dianne Castell
Hot and Bothered Kensington BRAVA