Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Monday, February 22, 2016
Tales of time travel, science fiction, paranormal, speculative fiction, urban fantasy, comedy, and even a little romance await discovery!
Tales of romance, paranormal, and erotica await discovery!
Check out all the stops on the blog tour
It Happened at the Book Fest - Blog Tour (Feb. 14-23)
Books & Broomsticks
Blogging for the Love of Authors and Their Books
Book Lover PA
All For Love of the Word
Vampyre Lady’s Fave Books, Reviews & Other Loves
Ashley’s Addictive Book Blog
Bitten By Romance
Hot Off the Shelves
Mia Bishop - Author, Artist, Dreamer
Ramblings of a Book Nerd
Because It’s My Life, Y’all
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Hey gang! For today's stop on the tour, I will be reviewing On Lone Star Trail by Amanda Cabot. On Lone Star Trail is the final book in the Texas Crossroads series. I thought that this would be a contemporary christian romance; but it was a little heavier on the christian side, of which I'm not a huuuge fan. As far as I can tell, you will need to read the rest of the series to make sure you get all the details. I didn't feel completely lost, but I feel as though I needed a little more detail and info to help me out.
That being said, I thought that this was a really cute book, and I enjoyed it. I really truly did. Since most of my friends are not christian romance (or christian literature anything, really), there are only a handful that I could recommend this to. Now, If I were back at my old branch, I would recommend this series for the Inspirational Book Club, because I think the ladies would really enjoy it, and they're always looking for new authors!
I was given promotional materials from the publisher for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Friday, February 12, 2016
Hey Gang! For today's stop on the LSLL blog tour, I will be reviewing Mourner's Bench by Sanderia Faye.
When I read the summary for this book, I wanted to read it immediately. For me, this time period is extremely under-represented, and I think that Sanderia's debut novel gives it a stronger voice. Told through the eyes of eight year old Sarah, the reader is given a front-row seat into Arkansas in the grips of the 1960s. With her elders trying to keep tradition, and her mother (with whom she is on a first name basis) with her not yet new age way of thinking.
Sarah, who is described as a fifty year old woman in an eight year old's body, is trying to come into her own as the winds are changing in her rural Arkansas town. Trying to make decisions on her own is more difficult than she thought, and her support system isn't making it any easier. Sanderia does an excellent job showing how a Sarah comes to terms with several adult issues while dealing with the fact that she is still a child, trying to find her place in the world. While slow at first, describing the daily life of Maeby, the book comes to a fever pitch that will definitely leave you wanting to start a dialogue. I look forward to reading Sanderia Faye's future works.
*I received materials from the publisher for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Why do I write western romances? Even more telling—why do I read western romances? There are many reasons, but the most compelling one is simple. I do it for the cowboys. Those rugged, hard-working men, so capable, so honorable, so devoted to the women who capture their hearts—they draw me in and make me sigh. The cowboy hero feeds into the feminine fantasy. We want a strong man to claim as our own, strong of body and of character. One who lives by an ethical code he'll never compromise. One who will provide for us by the sweat of his brow and will stand between us and danger no matter what comes. Shoot – the cowboy hero can keep us alive in a blizzard, save us from snakebite, and feed us off the land. No regency duke or contemporary billionaire can do that.
If I see the silhouette of a man on horseback, my heart starts fluttering before I even see his face. Crazy. But the face doesn't matter. It's the idea that stirs the romantic in me. After all, if you're going to ride off into the sunset with a hunky hero, he needs to have a horse.
It probably started back in my early teen years. I'd outgrown Saturday morning cartoons, so I turned instead to the Saturday westerns. It was the 1980's, the decade that introduced MTV and video games. Westerns were the last thing on anyone's mind. Well, except for me. I found channels that aired re-runs of shows like Bonanza, Wagon Train, and The Big Valley. I couldn't get enough. I started daydreaming my own episodes, writing myself into the script so that I could win the heart of the cowboys I fancied. I had desperate crushes on Adam Cartwright (Pernell Roberts) from Bonanza and Cooper Smith (Robert Fuller) from Wagon Train. I guess I have a thing for dark-haired men in black hats.
That theme continued into the 90's when the western made a slight comeback in the television world with shows like Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, The Young Riders, and The Magnificent Seven. Then there are the cowboys from down under. Tom Selleck is now a western icon, but I first discovered him in chaps and hat in Quigley Down Under. I had never been that impressed with him when he was driving around Hawaii in a red sports car, but give him a western makeover and stick him atop a horse, and he became one of my favorites. A man that impresses me in any setting is Hugh Jackman, and he made me sigh mightily when he donned western garb for the movie Australia. Hugh proved that I wasn't too old for a new cowboy crush.
So why do cowboys make such compelling romance heroes? It's the cowboy mystique. They project a tough exterior—masculine, skilled, able to handle whatever situation arises—and epitomize the strong, silent type. Yet they have an honorable core that makes them good men, worthy of our attention. And there's nothing a woman loves more than penetrating a rugged, loner's exterior and finding the soft heart underneath. The heart that will love her so completely, her happily-ever-after is guaranteed. For sigh-inducing cowboy romances, visit Karen's website at www.karenwitemeyer.com.
Check out the rest of the tour!
2/5 The Crazy Booksellers – Promo
2/6 Missus Gonzo – Author Interview
2/7 Books and Broomsticks – Promo
2/8 My Book Fix Blog -- Review
2/9 The Page Unbound – Author Interview
2/10 Because This is My Life Y'all – Guest Post
2/11 Texas Book-aholic -- Promo
2/12 The Librarian Talks – Author Interview
2/13 All for the Love of the Word -- Review
2/14 Hall Ways Blog -- Review
Monday, February 8, 2016
Hey gang! Today we're hopping on the LSLL blog tour for Spirit Warriors: The Burning, book 3 in D.E.L. Connor's Spirit Warriors series. When I started this book, I seriously thought that it was going to be more New adult than Young adult, but I would say that's a solid mix of the two. Of course it has the main female character torn between the gentle love she has now, and the hard love she also desires. Keep in mind that this book should be read in sequence. I was a little lost for quite some time trying to understand certain parts of the story. You can still keep up, but it's not as easy as it could be.
I did enjoy the Native American-spirit animal story line. That has always been something that has interested me. I always want to know why people get attached to the animals that they end up with/as. I will most likely go back and read the first 2 books of the series so that I can better understand when the rest are released.
*I received materials from the publisher for a fair and honest review. Thoughts and opinions are allll mine.*
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Greetings, readers! For this stop in the LSLL blog tour, I will be reviewing Copper Lake by Ann Swann.
First of all, to put you guys to ease, this book can be read as a stand alone, even if it is the third book in the Stutter Creek series. The book is told from several characters' pov, so it makes for an interesting read. Especially that it's told mainly from the killer's pov. The violence is rather graphic, but the suspense makes up for it in my opinion. But if you're squeamish, I would stay away.
It's definitely a fast read, and I would recommend reading it on a cloudy, rainy day. It would set the mood just right!
Check out the rest of the tour!
1/28 Books and Broomsticks -- Author Interview
1/29 bookishjessp -- Promo
1/30 The Page Unbound -- Promo
1/31 Missus Gonzo -- Review
2/1 All for the Love of the Word-- Author Interview
2/2 My Book Fix Blog -- Review
2/3 Hall Ways -- Promo
2/4 Because this is my life y'all -- Review
2/5 The Crazy Booksellers -- Promo
2/6 Texas Book-aholic -- Review
Monday, February 1, 2016
Hoe-kay. So I have decided that January was just a trial-run for the rest of the year. I mean seriously. That was a bitch of a month. I couldn't get my life together for shit. Just one fucking thing after another. It fucking SUCKED BALLS. I had all these great plans for 2016; since I don't do resolutions, I just set goals throughout the year. Starting everything all at one time is overwhelming and is the reason why I fail at them. But just getting my goals laid out for the year was an issue. I would run out of time allotted, or just flat out overlook them. Womp womp.
I started in my new position, which I've been after for several years, and it has been one hell of a learning experience. There literally wasn't a single day where something asinine didn't happen. Even my last week at my old branch was nuts. I honestly feel that the universe was testing the shit out of me. WELL, YOU SUCCEEDED, YOU TWAT WAFFLE. Want a cookie, universe? I HOPE IT'S OATMEAL RAISIN. I really do love my job, though. I like the staff, and the position is certainly challenging! I have discovered that I absolutely LOATHE making schedules. They are fucking turrible. And GOD FORBID if you leave someone off the schedule, even though they know that they're working. UUUUGGGGHHHH.
I am hereby declaring January a false start; so today, February the First, will be the beginning of 2016 for me. So here's to a fucking fabulous 2016. Cheers, bitches.