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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: Three River Ranch by Roxanne Snopek | Interview, Review, & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Roxanne Snopek, who I interviewed about her latest novel "Three River Ranch," which is the 1st book in her Three River Ranch Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY!! [Blog Tour will run from October 31 - November 7, 2012]

My Q&A with Roxanne Snopek :

Jess : What books did you enjoy reading while growing up?

Roxanne : I have a complete collection of Agatha Christie novels, mostly salvaged from second-hand book stores. I just loved them. Also, for some reason, I found the 101 Dalmatians books very comforting. Don’t ask me why, but I read and reread them as a tween-ager.

Jess : What sparked the idea for "Three River Ranch?"

Roxanne : I always wanted to write a cowboy story, but I’m not a “western” or “historical” writer. So I needed a contemporary slant; once I learned about wild horses, the ecology slant was a natural.

Jess : Which of your characters would you most & least to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Roxanne : Oh, I’d definitely invite Bliss and Blythe to dinner, together. Just to watch the sparks fly! Plus, they’re both good cooks – we could do potluck!

Jess : If you had to describe Aurora & Carson (from "Three River Ranch") in one word, what would it be?

Roxanne : Aurora: believer, Carson: cynic

Jess : What appeals to you when writing a romance novel?

Roxanne : I love writing emotional interactions and relationships. I “get” that stuff. Plus, with grim reality all around us, I want to write something that I KNOW will end well.

Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

Roxanne : Character, definitely. I might read something in the paper that twigs an idea, but it doesn’t take root until a person emerges from the mist to embody the situation.

Jess : If "Three River Ranch" were to be made into a film, who do you see playing the main characters and why?

Roxanne : Carson is Josh Holloway, the guy who played Sawyer in LOST. Alpha, so a bit high-handed and rough-around-the-edges sometimes, sexy as all get-out, definitely damaged, but you just can’t help loving him. Did you see Sawyer and Kate kiss? Seriously. Look for it on YouTube (look below). That’s how Carson kisses.

Rory would be played by a grown-up version of Emma Roberts, who played Grace in the movie Valentine’s Day. She has the right mix of innocence, resilience and dogged idealism.

Jess : In regards to "Three River Ranch," if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Roxanne : Well, I’d probably soften Carson up a bit more. *I* know what a softie he is, and Rory knows, but readers don’t always see it as clearly.

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

Roxanne : Including non-fiction and anthologies, I’ve got ten print books out there with my name on it. The e-book "Three River Ranch" makes eleven. However, I’ve written at least another five that have never found publication. My favorite book though? The next one. Always the next one. It’s still perfect, you see.

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Roxanne : You bet! I’ve always got something in the works. The one I’m finishing up right now is the second in the Three River Ranch series, called "The Reluctant Rancher." It’s the story of Des and Zach and wow, these two have a lot of trouble to overcome. Watch for it in early 2013!

Jess : Do you prefer eBooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Any specific reason why?

Roxanne : I’m loving my Kobo right now. The “buy now” button is the best thing ever! I can browse, sample, buy and start reading, all without getting out of bed!

Jess : What do you normally eat for breakfast, or do you skip it and get straight to work?

Roxanne : You’ll be sorry you asked. My favorite breakfast – toast and peanut butter – is now only a weekend treat, because I’m starting to manifest symptoms of Metabolic Syndrome and have to cut down on bread. (Dang it. I love bread.) So, instead, I make a super-healthy, high-fiber, high-protein, low-fat bowl of: ¼ cup of old-fashioned oatmeal, cooked in the microwave with a Medjool date for sweetness, then mixed with 1/3 cup of NutraCleanse, and skim milk. It keeps my blood sugar stable and easily holds me until late afternoon. Plus, it’s surprisingly delicious.

Jess : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Roxanne : "Wait! Wait! She’s Still Thinking!" or "Oh, NO! Did I Say That Out Loud?"

Jess : List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

Roxanne : "Never Tell a Lie" by Hallie Ephron
"Wild Encounter" by Nikki Logan
"Sworn to Silence" by Linda Castillo

About the Author :

Roxanne gives mostly 5 star reviews because she only forces herself to read books she doesn't like when someone makes her. In which case there's usually a good reason, like expanding her literary comfort zone on the advice of a smart, literate friend.

Roxanne Willems-Snopek is an award-winning freelance writer of everything from corporate newsletters to personal essays. Author of the Amazing Stories series of true life animal adventures, she now focuses on fiction. Snopek grew up in Saskatchewan and now lives in British Columbia.

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Kindle Edition - File Size: 358 KB | Expected Release Date: August 24, 2012 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Bliss | Obtained: Entangled Publishing

"Three River Ranch" [Three River Ranch Series, Book 1] by Roxanne Snopek (aka Roxanne Willems-Snopek)

My Book Summary : Trying to start a new life for her and her unborn child, Aurora (Rory) moves into the guesthouse on Three River Ranch sight unseen and finds her life is going to get a lot harder. The same day she finds out that the guesthouse is a mess and she also learns that the son (Carson) of the now diseased ranch owner has plans of his own for the property. Not willing to give in to Carson's demands Rory suggests that that they become roommates and try to help each other out in rebuilding their lives and the ranch.

Now Carson has to deal with finding money to turn the ranch into the Three River Mustang Study Center, a feisty pregnant woman (Rory), and a pregnant wild mustang & dog as well. If only Carson's father didn't make his will, so demanding then he could have everything that he wants as well as giving enough money for Rory to be on her way out of there. Nevertheless, disappointments have a way of changing into wants/needs making Rory & Carson find that what they always wanted could be right around the corner if only they open themselves up to opportunities that await them!!

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! The realization that dreams come in all shapes and sizes is what this novel is all about! I loved the buildup of this story! How both Rory & Carson come from rocky pasts and they learn to love again throughout this novel, even if it takes being knocked on the head to do so. The town seems great too, but my favorite characters were Blythe (The Blight) and Bliss (The Blister)--twins who seem that they cannot stand each other--they are the voice of reason for Rory throughout this story and are good comic relief!

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes cowboy contemporary romances!

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Book Teaser(s) :
“Melissa,” said her mother calmly. “Waitresses don’t get tips until the customers have finished their meals. And only if they’re satisfied with the service, honey.”
The girl huffed loudly and turned on her heel. “Stupid job,” she muttered as she stomped back into the kitchen.
Rory eyed her coffee doubtfully.
“Oh, don’t worry,” Blythe said, lifting her own cup to her lips. “Melissa’s the devil’s own spawn but she makes a good cup of coffee.”
“I heard that!” called a faint voice from the kitchen.
“An okay cup of coffee, I meant,” Blythe hollered back, grinning at Rory. Her nose wrinkled up when she smiled. ~ within Chapter 4
She swung both feet over the edge of the couch and sat upright, again feeling the head rush that had sent her to the couch in the first place.
“So this is swooning,” she muttered to herself. “Can’t say I like it.”
The voice came from the dark mass in the corner chair. Rory jumped.
“Carson?” she squeaked, then cleared her throat. “What are you doing?”
The ancient upholstery complained as Carson unfolded his long limbs from their cramped positions.
“Catching a few winks, like you.”
Rory’s eyes had adjusted to the low light, and she could see his mussed hair and hear the gravel in his voice. “You were watching over me!”
“Nah. You don’t need watching. But you kinda fell asleep on the job, so I took over watching Misty here.”
She sat up, pulling the afghan tightly around her shoulders, and leaned over the whelping box. She stroked Mistral and her dozing offspring. Her hand drifted lightly over the tiny bodies, now fluffy and dry, then stopped. She peered in more closely.
“Aha,” Carson said, a smile in his voice. “You noticed.” ~ within Chapter 10
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Roxanne, then please check out her website.

My Giveaway!! :

  • An ARC e-book copy of "Three River Ranch" to one randomly drawn person from Rafflecopter
The Fine Print -- To Enter :
  1. This contest ends on November 7th 2012.
  2. This contest is International!!
  3. It's the author/publisher's responsibility to ensure that the winner gets "Three River Ranch," not mine.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Made the Grade: Wives for Hire Series, Book 2

Format: Paperback | Pages: 212 | Release Date: October 2008 | Publisher: Silhouette Books : Special Edition | Obtained: Friends of the Pasquotank-Camden Library - Fall Book Sale

"The Single Dad's Virgin Wife" [Wives for Hire Series, Book 2] by Susan Crosby

My Book Summary : While in the process of selling her mother's home and planning on moving to a new location in a couple of months, Tricia gets a temporary job as a live-in schoolmarm/nanny for Noah's (a widowed father) two sets of twins (Ashley & Zoe are 12-years-old, while Adam & Zach are 9-years-old) to help pay the bills. Other then the family living in the country Tricia instantly falls for Noah's children and Noah too. However, the children have a plan to keep Tricia from leaving but will everything work out for them or will it all fall apart?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars! A very sweet novel that is like an updated version of "The Sound of Music," only with the heroine not about to become a nun and not as many children. I really liked the relationship that Tricia builds with Noah and his family! She brings out the best in them that they haven't been able to be in a long time and she gains a family that she secretly always wanted.

My only complaint was how everything wrapped up in the end. It wasn't that I didn't like how it ended because I did like it but I just wish it wasn't as predictable as it was.

All in all, I recommend this novel to everyone who enjoys short contemporary romance stories.

- On a side note -
I'm curious about Noah & Tricia's relationship now with Cynthia (another woman who liked Noah and worked with them). In truth, I didn't like her at all, which is why I'm so curious. *hahaa*

Author's Novel Extras : Excerpt

Book Teaser(s) :
Tricia McBride was one magical woman.
After the movie ended, Noah waited at the top of the stairs until Tricia had said her good-nights to the kids, then he stopped her on her way to her bedroom.
"Thank you for setting up the movie night," he said. "They---we all enjoyed it."
"Who won the popcorn contest?"
He smiled. "Adam. Or at least he had fewer pieces on the floor than I did. You know, for all that he said it was a movie for babies, he seemed to get pretty interested along the way."
"I was glad to see it. He gets bored fast."
"All his life." Noah didn't know what else to say, but he didn't want to stop talking. ~ within Chapter 8
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Susan, then please check out her website.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Idolizing In: The World of Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 352; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1958 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 | Publisher: Ballantine Books | Obtained: NetGalley

"Forbidden" [The World of Nightwalkers Series, Book 1] by Jacquelyn Frank

My Book Summary : Ram/Vincent was told that his King and Queen would be coming back soon. Therefore, when he hears about Docia--the miracle "Bridge Girl" who survived falling off of a steel bridge and into the rocky Esopus River--Ram/Vincent knows the only way she could have survived was by becoming a Bodywalker--a person who dies then accepts a powerful spirit into their body so they can live life again in a new way--like him and his people, he sets out to bring her to a local compound so she will be safe and learn of their ways while believing that she is his Queen.

Over the time that they spend together, an attraction (that has never been between Ram/Vincent and his Queen before) builds into something that is undeniable and strictly ... forbidden. However, can Ram/Vincent make Docia understand the importance of who she is going to become before everything comes crashing down around them and without falling into temptation. Or will all his plans fall apart?

My Book Review : 5 out of 5 stars!! Follow Docia along through her death and new life while learning about the world of Nightwalkers, becoming a Bodywalker, and finding your soul mate in the most unlikely of places. This is a hilarious and thrilling start to The World of Nightwalkers Series!! In addition, this is also a bit of a spin-off from Ms. Frank's Nightwalkers Series (a series that I have yet to read) based on the prolog that I'm not sure how that part of the story really fits into the series but I'm hoping we will find out as this series progresses.

About the Characters:
• Docia: I enjoyed Docia so much! She is quirky, fun, rambles quite a bit, and is the perfect mix of being shy and daring all at once. Also, I think that with her new "Bodywalker" status she will grow to be more formidable than ever, however I do like Docia's attitude more so then the bits I saw of her reserved counterpart so I hope that later on as this series goes we will see her acting more like herself than anything else.

• Ram/Vincent: About 68 years old but doesn't look more than a few years older than 30. Is the second in command to all the Bodywalkers and is anxiously waiting for his King and Queen's return to Earth. He believes that Docia is his Queen, and plans to protect her as much as possible. Has an undeniable connection to Docia that is hard to pull away from.

• Cleo/Desirée: A prophetess who predicted that their King and Queen were coming soon. She tries to portray herself as a ditz but is very knowledgeable and she is very welcoming to Docia when they first meet.

• Jackson: Docia's older brother who is a cop and is very protective of her. He also raised Docia since she was nine years old when their parents died with the help of his friend, Leo, so they are very close.

• Leo: Use to be in the service. Is like a brother to Jackson & Docia, since after their parents died he let them live with him and helped raise Docia. Does what he likes to call himself "private security," he does the not-so-legal side of protecting.

I loved the unique relationships and the fun banter that all of the characters have with one another! Plus, the twists and turns throughout this novel keep you glued to your seat, or should I say your eyes glued to the book. =0) I cannot wait to read "Forever" the 2nd book in this series!!

I recommend this novel to anyone that is a fan of Ms. Frank and to those who like paranormal/fantasy thriller romances!!

Author's Novel Extras : I FINISHED!!!!!

Author's Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
She lifted her hand and indicated the breathtaking gown Cleo wore so perfectly. Of course, it was probably more the breathtaking body the gown was on that made it look so good. Docia tried to keep from touching her wounded head, but there was no hope for it. She felt like an ugly duckling in the shadow of the most magnificent swan ever.
Cleo smiled kindly at her. Docia would have read it was pity if not for the sparkle of mischief in her eyes.
"Come," she said, reaching to scoop up Docia's hands and pulling her to her feet. "You've had enough of the boring details of what it means to be host to a Bodywalker. It's far past time you get to learn about the fun stuff."
Fun stuff? That kiss had been pretty fun. Yep. Definitely fun. Until it had stopped and Ramses II, great pharaoh of ancient Egyptian history, had stopped it, pushed back from her, and looked at her as if she'd just told him she was a plague carrier.
Not fun. Definitely not fun. ~ within Chapter 7
"Ram, did you do this to me? I'm really starting to not like you, mister. Ever since you showed up, things have just been going to hell in a handbasket for me!"
"Hmm," was the dry reply.
"Hmm? What hmm?" she demanded. "What's that supposed to mean, 'hmm'? It's true!"
"I don't recall being anywhere near New York when you got yourself shoved off a bridge," he said.
She opened her mouth to snap at him but shut it again almost instantly. He kind of had a point there.
"And I wasn't there when you entered the Ether."
Silence seemed the best course of action.
"And I had nothing to do with that nice gentleman trying to gut you with a knife."
"Vincent ..." She sighed. "You must be Vincent." Because Ram had never spoken with such sarcasm and irritability before, so it was the only conclusion she could come to. This was Ram's other half ... but somehow it was undiluted by the Blending. ~ within Chapter 9
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Jacquelyn, then please check out her website.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Blog Tour - Made the Grade: The Last Witch by Debbie Dee | Interview & Review

Today I'm turning my blog over to Debbie Dee, who I interviewed about her latest novel "The Last Witch," which is the 1st book in her Incenaga Trilogy!! [Blog Tour will run from October 26 - November 16, 2012]

My Q&A with Debbie Dee :

Jess : Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Debbie : I’m a 30-something mom of three and married to my high school sweetheart. We recently moved to southern Idaho with our three kids. In addition to writing, I play the piano, harp, and violin, and get in frequent fights with my cello. I love to read and play board games – when I’m winning.

Jess : What do you like most about being a writer and being a musician?

Debbie : As a writer, I love that I can write at two in the morning or ten at night. My imagination doesn’t have to clock in and out, so to speak, which is wonderful.

As a musician I love the thrill of making something beautiful, something that will touch someone’s soul in a way that words never will. It is a universal language that both the old and young can enjoy and I love being a part of that.

Jess : Please describe your heroine, from "The Last Witch," in one to two sentences.

Debbie : Other than her father, Emmeline has never met another human being, which has made her very curious about the outside world. It has also made her afraid of change – she puts decision making off, and tends to avoid her problems.

Jess : Which of your characters would you most & least like to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Debbie : Prince Weldon would be a character I would both love and hate to invite to dinner. I think it would interesting, and maybe a little funny, to watch someone flip from mood to mood so quickly, but at the same time, I’d worry about him getting grumpy and picking at his food.

Jess : Is there one particular scene in "The Last Witch" that you’re dying for readers to read? Can you tell us anything about it?

Debbie : There is a scene in which Erick and Emmeline are spying on a meeting for the rebels. It’s late at night, and dark, and when they are discovered, they get separated. This scene kept me up well past my bedtime because there was no way I was going to sleep before I figured out how to get them out of the mess I’d put them in! It was a ton of fun to write.

Jess : If "The Last Witch" were to be made into a film, who do you see playing the main characters and why?

Debbie : Victoria Justice looks a lot like Emmeline, in my mind. And Justin Clynes reminds me of Erick.

Jess : In regards to "The Last Witch," if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Debbie : I would be less obvious about a couple of things, I think.

Jess : Out of all of the secondary characters within "The Last Witch," do you have one or two favorites so far? If so, who are they and can you tell us why?

Debbie : The King is one of my favorite characters. He’s an old blind man with a zeal for life and a sense of humor he isn’t afraid to share.

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

Debbie : I’ve written two more books that will be released in 2013. One is "THE UNDERGROUND WITCH," the 2nd book in the Incenaga Trilogy, and the other is a stand-alone novel about a young (very young) Pharaoh and his blond-hair, blue-eyed best friend – who is a girl. It was a challenge to write, but is my favorite story.

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Debbie : I’m in the final editing stages for "THE UNDERGROUND WITCH" and "DESERT GUARDIAN," and am outlining the third and final book in the Incenaga Trilogy – "THE FIRST WITCH." I’m also working on a YA contemporary set in Greece, which I’m excited about.

Jess : Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks or hardcover? Any specific reason why?

Debbie : I love the ease of ebooks and the ability to pack thousands of books into my purse, all ready for my every whim. But I love the look of hardcover on my shelves or stacked on my night stand, and the feel of them as I work my way through.

Jess : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Debbie : Wow! This is a tough question. I’d have to go with "Listed for Life: How a Bucket List Changed Everything"

Jess : Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?

Debbie : All the time! I’ve left with my clothes on backwards, inside out, both, you name it! But I don’t have the guts to say “screw it.” I always run to the nearest restroom to save myself.

Jess : List 3 books you just recently read and would recommend?

Debbie : "Peter and the Star Catchers" by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson
"Austenland" by Shannon Hale
"Fablehaven" by Brandon Mull

About the Author :

Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing. Her website is www.debbiedee.com.

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 246; Kindle Edition - File Size: 676 KB | Expected Release Date: September 12, 2012 | Publisher: Dolce Books | Obtained: Sage’s Blog Tours

"The Last Witch" [Incenaga Trilogy, Book 1] by Debbie Dee

My Book Summary : Emmeline has grown up in seclusion with her father on their small farm. She has always had dreams of meeting new people, what they'd be like, and making friends. That is until the day a group of guards show up on her doorstep, demand to have her per some agreement her father made years ago, and start beating him when they realize that she has run away. Too bad, they find her not long afterwards and her whole world changes again...

After Emmeline is captured, she finds out that she's an Incenaga witch (the last known one in fact and something her father never warned her about) and is intend to marry the Crown Prince of Dolmerti for "her safety." However, people she feels she can trust are far and few in between; it is only when she meets Erick (the Palace's gamekeeper) that she feels she can truly be herself. Nevertheless, as the months go by Emmeline finds that not everyone is who they seem and she will have to risk it all to save herself, her people, her father, and the Crown Prince before it's too late.

My Book Review : 3 out of 5 stars!! Follow Emmeline as she finds out what it truly means to be the "last witch standing" while trying to be true to herself and protecting everyone else. This novel is one that if you like reading a fast-paced, full of twists, adventure--with a little bit of romance--novels then this would be the book for you! I thoroughly enjoyed the plot and this unexpected take on what it means to be a witch. Plus, as Emmeline grows throughout this novel, you can see that this series should be intense from beginning to end!

Nevertheless, from about Chapter 8 on it was a struggle for me to get into and stick to completing it. Not because of the plot but mostly because of how naive Emmeline is and how her follow-through when it comes to her intentions always seemed to fall a bit short for me.

With that being said, I am happy that I finished this novel, as I liked how everything ended up even though you are left hanging. It will be very interesting to see where Ms. Dee will take this series!

I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys YA paranormal/fantasy romances, especially ones about witches!

Book Teaser(s) :
Horses roamed the pasture, each unique and stunning in its own right. One in particular caught Emmeline's eye. With an ebony coat that glistened in the sunlight, it could have been the sister to her horse at home. Its thick mane and long tail were also black and a small diamond of white graced its forehead.
"What is its name?" she asked as she pointed to the black mare. They turned away from the stables and leaned against the fence.
"She doesn't have a name yet. She is a gift from the Crown Prince to his bride. He traveled all the way to Volarcus to select the animal himself. Do you like her?"
"She is breathtaking," Emmeline said. She knew already what she would name her. ~ within Chapter 7 - titled 'Stables'
"Was anyone at the stables when you found your way there?"
"Yes. Well someone helped me find the stables, that is." Emmeline held her breath, afraid he'd ask her who it was. She didn't want Erick to get into any kind of trouble.
"Who is it?"
Her shoulders fell. "Erick, the gamekeeper."
"Erick? A gamekeeper, you say?"
"Yes, he is one of your gamekeepers, or the only one, I don't know. He's the only one I've met. He doesn't know I am an Incenaga. He thinks I am just a guest."
The King let out a laugh. "Just a guest. That is funny." His boisterous laugh filled the room. ~ within Chapter 17 - titled 'Compromise'
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Debbie, then please check out her website.

Praise for The Last Witch :

"The characters kept popping into my head during the day, and I couldn't wait for my nighttime reading. This book will result in late nights and lack of sleep!" - Brenda on Amazon.com
"I was totally sucked into this story and can't wait for more to come out." - Michelle on Amazon.com
"The book is a good read, especially for young adults. The characters are wholesome, but intriguing." - Kimmie from She Really Said It
"A great love story with exciting adventures and unexpected twists and turns." - Marsha on Amazon.com
"I rushed home from work to finish reading The last Witch and was actually sad when I turned the last page. But it was the kind of book where you sigh and say, 'Ah. That was a good book.'" - Rae on Amazon.com
"I love fantasy books and this is one fantasy/fairy tale that anyone would love to read." - Amy on Goodreads.com

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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays: Hollywood Ever After

• Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

"Hollywood Ever After" [The Red-Carpet Series, Book 1] by Sasha Summers

Book Teaser:
I let my eyes wander as Shannon answered several questions effortlessly.
“So excited. Just thrilled,” she was saying. “I’m just so happy to have been a part of this project. This film was such fun! We know it’s going to do well.” Amy barely tapped Shannon’s elbow–I assumed that was the signal to move on. Shannon thanked the reporter and moved a few feet down the carpet, smiling as the camera flashes continued.
I blinked in an attempt to adjust to the rapid bursts of white light.
I stumbled on a cord and tipped back, mortified. To fall, on the red carpet? I’d be forever humiliated.
Two large hands caught me from behind.
“Thank you.” I blushed as I looked back at my rescuer.
“All right?” my savior asked with a clearly enunciated British accent.
Not now, I wasn’t.
I knew without a doubt that I was staring. My heart was already pounding from my almost accident, yet it picked up considerably. There had been air in my lungs, but it was gone now. ~ within Chapter 1

Monday, October 22, 2012

Cover Reveal: Magick by Trish Milburn

"Magick" [The Coven Series, Book 3] by Trish Milburn (aka Tricia Mills)

Imprint : Bell Bridge Books
Audience : Young Adult
Novel length : 166 pages
Format : Paperback
Publication Released Date : September 27, 2012

Author's Book Cover :

Author's Book Description :
    The covens are coming for her.

    But is she a White Witch, or a Dark Witch? In a war for control of the witch world, the answer will save—or doom—everyone she loves.

    In "White Witch," Jax gained friends she’d die for and a staggering power that threatens them all.

    In "Bane," Jax did the unthinkable and killed a supernatural hunter to protect her friends. She found herself lost in darkness and prisoner to the Bane, a secret society of witches sworn to prevent the use of the dark magic.

    Now, in "Magick," the powers of Jax and her friend Egan have been magically bound by the Bane. She must convince the Bane she can learn to control her power and become a White Witch in truth. She’s their only hope now that the dark covens have called a Conclave with one purpose—to kill this generation’s White Witch and anyone who has ever stood with her. If Jax can’t amass an army of her own, rebuild the trust of her friends and boyfriend, and find the White Witch’s elusive weapon against the dark, it may be too late.

About the Author :
    The first book Trish Milburn ever wrote was a romance. She just didn't know it yet. That book, "Land of the Misty Gems," was a class project way back in the sixth grade. She wrote the text, illustrated the book with colored pencils, even bound it with twine and pasted a fabric cover on her creation. And now -- mumble, mumble -- years later, she still has that book. It was the beginning of her writing career, even if until the early 1990s that writing consisted mainly of research papers and essay test questions and then newspaper articles.

    Trish was born and grew up in Western Kentucky and began reading so long ago she doesn't really remember how it all started. She does remember loving a little book called "The Runaway Pancake," then the regular treasures that would appear in her mailbox from the Weekly Reader Book Club, then books like the Little House on the Prairie series. The library was one of her favorite places. And even though being a bookworm didn't do wonders for her social life when she was in her teens, she wouldn't trade her love of books for the world.

    After college, she worked as a newspaper reporter and magazine editor and still does some freelance writing and copy editing. But most of her writing now is fiction, and no matter what kind of story it is she can't resist putting at least some romance in it alongside the paranormal or suspense elements. Her writing has finaled in Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart Contest eight times, winning twice. "White Witch," her February 2012 release from Bell Bridge Books, was the 2007 Golden Heart winner in the Young Adult category.

    In her free time, she loves watching movies and TV (she bought herself a TiVo when she made her first sale), hiking, reading and road trips.

My Previous Review(s) for this Series : Book 1 | Book 2

** Be sure to add it to your TBR pile on Goodreads! **

Find Trish Milburn :

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Made the Grade: The Last Princess of the Dream Dragons by Janet MacDonald

Format: Kindle Edition | File Size: ??? KB | Release Date: October 05, 2012 | Publisher: Self-Published | Obtained: Smashwords

"The Last Princess of the Dream Dragons" by Janet MacDonald

My Book Summary : Peeps is the only one of her kind (part-dragon and part-Sylph) but because of that, her only friend is a baby dragon named Marbles. Ever since her adopted mother died Marbles and Peeps have lived together never having a steady place to call home.

Recently Peeps broke one of her wings so while they are waiting to be seen by a healer they are caught in the middle of a raid that Prince Falcore is leading for his brother the King. However, when trying to escape Falcore captures Peeps!

Falcore is intrigued by Peeps almost immediately and knows he wants her more than just what she can do to help him dethrone his brother. Both Peeps and Falcore find that their time together fuels passions in them that they've never felt before. Will they find that they have more in common then they originally thought and work together to become more then captor and slave or will Falcore's determination to dethrone his brother ruin everything between them?

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this is a fast-paced short story about a unique girl just trying to get by who falls in love with her captor. Even though some things were a little farfetched, I enjoyed all the twists that came with this novel!

However, I wish the ending had more and didn't leave you hanging. Therefore, I hope there will be another book to take off where this one left off.

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes romances steeped from fantasy!

Book Teaser(s) :
A woman with similar regal bearings and features as the Prince exited and she looked to be close to Peeps age, Graft was carefully holding her hand as he helped her out of the carriage and even from here Peeps could see the shine in the young girls eyes at his touch. Momentarily the Prince was there and the girl gave him a very unceremonious hug, Peeps hissed at the embrace...then caught herself. She had never done that before; the feeling of not wanting another female to touch the Prince rode up inside her and crashed over her in a wave of anxiety. She heard him say her name “Rea” and it was full of love for his obvious family member.
Bewildered she fluttered back down to the itchy bed, her mind stunned by the sudden want to be in Prince Falcore’s arms alarmed her. She wondered if maybe her food had not been drugged or poisoned even, she had been overwhelmed with hunger and had not given it much thought at the time she had eaten it. ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Janet, then please check her out on the Smashwords' website.

Blog Tour - Feasted On: The Memory Jar by Tricia Goyer | Review & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Tricia Goyer, with a review of her debut novel "The Memory Jar," which is the 1st book in her Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to sign up for this tour's GIVEAWAYs (listed below)!! [Blog Tour will run from October 16 - November 7, 2012 | Giveaway ends on November 6, 2012 | Denise's Facebook Author Chat Party is on November 7, 2012]

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 342; Kindle Edition - File Size: 1970 KB; Audiobook - Unabridged | Expected Release Date: October 23, 2012 | Publisher: Zondervan | Obtained: LitFuse Publicity Group

"The Memory Jar" [Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series, Book 1] by Tricia Goyer

My Book Summary : For an Amish woman Sarah is unique. She grew up in a small town/Amish community in Montana where her parents never had a problem with her having friendships with English people that they deal with on a daily basis. One thing that Sarah loves to do is bake, however, she is not the typical Amish baker since, even though she knows how to bake bread and other typical Amish baked goods, she LOVES to create/bake cupcakes. Her best friend Patty has encouraged her since she was young to follow her dreams of owning her own bakery. However, that dream seems to get further and further away as the years pass. Especially since, she would need to find a husband that would support her dream and encourage it and not want her to just take care of their home, and with no husband prospects, Sarah is finding that her dreams might be all that they will amount to.

Sarah world was shaken two years ago when her best friend, Patty, dies in a canoeing accident. Since then Sarah has put all her efforts into her baked goodies as a way to get over her loss, yet in the process, she seems to have kept everyone at arms length from her as a way to protect herself.

Therefore, when Jathan comes into her life she doesn't initially see the type of man he is. Nevertheless, on a hiking trip gone array they find they have a lot in common and both really like each other, if only they are able to follow their personal dreams and open their hearts they might just make it.

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars. It's a sweet and endearing romance. About getting over a terrible loss while fulfilling dreams that would give them a better purpose then what is planned for them. An easy read that kept me guessing a lot of the way through, but with memories throughout that had me crying by the end of this novel. I loved reading about the bond between Patty & Sarah it was so sweet and touching while at times it felt as though some of the things that Patty says were as if she was looking into the future. Very special and I recommend having tissues by you when you read the last few chapters.

I liked the gradual romance between Jathan and Sarah. However, even though I know Jathan was only trying to stick to the traditions he grew up with and some that were forced on him, I didn't like some of the choices he made or the way he let his family walk all over him. In addition, I wasn't a fan of how his mother handled things when it came to Sarah towards the end, I understand her point-of-view about to many changes at her bakery, but to try shutting out Sarah from having any contact to Jathan I thought was a little too much. Therefore, if I was being truthful and rating this book on the romance between Jathan and Sarah then I'd have to give this novel 3.5 out of 5 stars. Yet I gave it the score I did because of how much I loved the forever friendship between Sarah and Patty. =0)

Overall, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys Amish novels and contemporary romances.

- On a side note -
I found the brief Amish glossary in the front of the book very helpful! =0)

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : Family Traditions: A Glimpse into Christmas Future - December 2011 | What I Am Not - May 2012

Author's Novel Extras : The Memory Jar--My Amish Novel | How to Make Your Own Memory Jar & Other Crafts | The Memory Jar Promotion | Get to Know Tricia | My Writing

Author's Series Extras : Amish Country Research | Tricia's Amish World | Video Book Club Chats

Author's Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
Teaser #1 ~ within Chapter 1
"Do you want to catch a bachelor?" Jathan asked as he gently set her down.
The question caught her off guard, and her ankle ached as seen as her foot touched down. She stumbled slightly. Sarah grabbed Jathan's arm to steady herself.
"Uh, ne," she answered. "I'm not wanting to catch anyone ... else." She swallowed hard and squeezed his arm. She couldn't believe she'd added that last word, but seeing his face brighten, she continued, "What is the Englisch saying, 'A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush'?"
Jathan chuckled, his laughter causing her heart to dance. "Well, Sarah, if I'm a bird, I'm a big one. But I don't mind being caught, not one bit." ~ within Chapter 12
"Spreading out light, that's what it's all about," Patty said. And then she finally submitted to a yawn.
Sarah covered her mouth with her hand and did the same. "
Ja, the world needs more of it, don't you think?"
"Not only the world but our neighbors." Patty stretched. "Sometimes it seems the ones who have the light are the worst at realizing all they hold within. With sharing it."
~ within Chapter 20
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Tricia, then please check out her website.

About the Author :

Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of over thirty books including "Beside Still Waters," "Remembering You," and the mommy memoir, "Blue Like Play Dough." Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

Giveaways!! :

Welcome to the series launch of Tricia Goyer’s brand new Amish series, Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors! The first book, "The Memory Jar," takes Goyer’s readers back to Big Sky country. To celebrate, Tricia is hosting a fun Amish Kindle Gift Pack Giveaway (including a custom-made Memory Jar Kindle cover and authentic, Montana, Amish-made items!) and a Facebook party on November 7th. Be sure to click the link below to watch the video trailer or try your hand at one of the simple, keepsake crafts Tricia has put together on her website.

One fortunate winner will receive :

  • A brand new Kindle Fire
  • Custom-made Memory Jar Kindle Cover
  • Amish-made decorative items {Wall hanging, horse/buggy and Amish houses}
  • "The Memory Jar" {Be swept away by this captivating series.}

To Enter : Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the "The Memory Jar" Author Chat Facebook Party on November 7. Connect with Tricia for an evening of book chat, Amish trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of "The Memory Jar" and join Tricia on the evening of the November 7th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Enter via Twitter Enter via Facebook Enter via Email

Don’t miss a moment of the fun; RSVP TODAY. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 7th!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out LitFuse's other Blog Tour Stops for this novel!!

Find Tricia Goyer :

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Giveaway Winner of Tangled Web by Crista McHugh

Andrew from Dyadic Echoes

Congratulations, Andrew!! You just won an e-copy of "Tangled Web" by Crista McHugh!! You should be receiving an email from me and the publisher soon.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway and checked out my review for "Tangled Web!" Please keep up-to-date with my blog tours by checking out my event calendar so you'll know when you really want to stop by From Me to You.... Or you could just friend/follow the blog too!!

What are you all reading lately?? Me? Currently I just finished reading "The Teacher's Billionaire" [The Sherbrookes of Newport Series, Book 1] by Christina Tetreault---which was a cute book but not enough for me to feel the need to write a review about it. =0/ So, I hope you're reading something you're finding more interesting. =0P

Anyway ... I hope everyone has a wonderful day!!

Take care, Jess

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teaser Tuesdays: The Memory Jar

• Today's Teaser Tuesdays by MizB - click here

"The Memory Jar" [Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series, Book 1] by Tricia Goyer

Book Teaser:
Through the open front door, Sarah spotted what she'd been looking for. Her jar. It sat there covered with what looked like tin foil and...
Sarah stepped forward. A snake was inside! Her brother had dumped out her things to keep an ugly ole brown garter snake?
She picked up the jar, crumpled the foil, and slipped her hand inside the jar.
"Well, I'll be." The man's voice caused Sarah to start, and she nearly dropped the jar.
There, striding up the wooded path leading from the road, was Amos Byler with another of the bachelors by his side.
Sarah looked at the jar in her hand and, with a quip grip of her fingers and a flip of her wrist, tossed the snake into the yard. It bounced slightly and then slithered away into the tall grass.
The two men stood staring. Amos ran a hand down his smooth face.
Then she remembered. My kapp. ~ within Chapter 1

My Previous Guest Post(s) by this Author : Family Traditions: A Glimpse into Christmas Future - December 2011 | What I Am Not - May 2012

Monday, October 15, 2012

Giveaway Winners of Flirting To Win & Bargain in Bronze by Natalie Anderson

Becky Moe & Nuzaifa

Congratulations!! Becky -- you just won an e-copy of "Flirting To Win" -- Natalie Anderson's latest anthology! You should be receiving an email from me and the publisher soon.

While Nuzaifa -- just won a kindle version of "Bargain in Bronze" [Flirting to Win Anthology, Novella 1] by Natalie Anderson! You should be receiving an email from me and Amazon.com soon!!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this giveaway and checked out my review for "Flirting To Win!" Please keep up-to-date with my blog tours by checking out my event calendar so you'll know when you really want to stop by From Me to You.... Or you could just friend/follow the blog too!!

Thanks again!! I hope everyone will have a great day!

Best regards, Jess

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Feasted On: I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Format: Hardcover | Pages: 433 | Release Date: February 2012 | Publisher: The Daily Press | Obtained: Page After Page Bookstore

"I've Got Your Number" by Sophie Kinsella (aka Madeleine Wickham)

My Book Summary : It's about two weeks from Poppy's wedding, to her fiancé--Magnus, and she's hanging out with some of her best girl friends at a hotel's Marie Curie Champagne Tea event. Everything is going well when one of her friends asks to try on her emerald engagement ring (which was a family heirloom), she lets them and it gets passed around their group. However, things suddenly change for the worse when the hotel's fire alarm goes off in the middle of her ring being passed around which make her loose the ring. To top that off in the middle of her looking for the ring her cell phone gets stolen!!

Now the hotel is blowing her off saying since it hasn't been turned in they'll let her know if and when it does. Yet she doesn't want Magnus to find out about the lost ring so she needs to think of a number they can inform her on while she's dwelling on that worry she finds the answer to her prayers .... a WORKING CELL PHONE was dropped into the trashcan!! Therefore, since it doesn't seem like anyone calls her out when she takes it out of the trash can, she takes it for herself.

Nevertheless, Poppy soon finds that taking a used phone isn't as easy as it seems, especially if Sam Roxton has anything to say about it. Since that phone was his PA's phone who just quit that day and it has his business life on it (as his PA's and his emails go to that phone).

Poppy won't take no for an answer, which makes the both of them to fall into each other’s lives in ways they never expected and derailing the plans they had for their lives. Yet will they find the changes in their lives are a good or bad thing before everything gets even more complicated for and between them?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! Ms. Kinsella does it again with this fun & quirky novel!! Poppy seemed like a great mix of Emma from "Can You Keep a Secret?" & Samantha from "The Undomestic Goddess," making her the typical-quirky-heroine type that Ms. Kinsella puts out and we all love while still having the enjoyable humor that keeps the books lively. Plus, I could not get enough of Sam! He is a stoic yet sexy man who develops into being a great guy in this novel. Sam and Poppy are so cute and sweet together that you just want to root for them and their dreams!!

However, this novel will definitely keep you on your toes throughout this fast-paced comedy, especially with all of the sudden twists that arrive in the last few chapters! Some of the twists will shock you and some are ones you probably were hoping for (like me), but all of them make this novel into one that you won't forget about anytime soon!

I recommend this novel to those who are fans of Sophie Kinsella, as well as, anyone who enjoys contemporary comedic romances!!

- On a side note -
I liked the varied footnotes throughout this novel since I thought it was a cute way to enhance the plot. Also, for those who've read Dayla from Confessions of a Book Addict's review of "I've Got Your Number" I'm just going to say don't worry about the binding your books since I got my copy at a local book store and it was able to put up with my one year old's antics (like dropping it on the floor repeatedly but accidentally) and still is in one piece looking very good! =0)

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : The Wedding Girl | The Gatecrasher

Author's Novel Extras : Audiobook Extracts | USA Today gives IGYN a great review!

Author's Book Trailer :

Author's Series Interview(s) :

Book Teaser(s) :
OK. I know it was cheating. I know it was a bad thing to do. To be honest, I kept expecting someone to catch me out. But I put the ring tone on silent and no one realized I was texting Sam all the way through. 43
And, yes, of course I feel guilty. Halfway through, I felt even worse when I texted Sam in admiration, How do you know all these words? and he replied, I don't. The internet does.
The internet?
For a moment I felt too shocked to reply. I thought he was thinking of the words, not finding them on Scrabble words.com or whatever.
That's CHEATING!!!! I typed.

43 Haven't both Antony and Wanda ever invigilated exams as part of their jobs? Just saying. ~ within Chapter 5
"We spoke about it last night."
"Well, I wanted to thank you," he says earnestly. "I know this was your influence. You two guys will add so much heft to the cause. Oh, and thanks for the donation. We really appreciate it."
I stare in astonishment. Sam gave a donation to the Guatemala trip? He gave a donation?
Now Matt is beaming at me. "Hello again. Are you interested in the Guatemala trip?"
Oh my God, I would love to go to Guatemala.
"Well---" I begin enthusiastically, before Sam cuts me off firmly:
"No. She's not."
Honestly. What a spoilsport. ~ within Chapter 10
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Sophie, then please check out her website.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Made the Grade: Baby Under the Christmas Tree by Teresa Carpenter

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 192; Kindle Edition - File Size: 290 KB | Expected Release Date: November 1, 2012 | Publisher: Harlequin Romance | Obtained: NetGalley

"Baby Under the Christmas Tree" by Teresa Carpenter

My Book Summary : Elle has been a girly girl for as long as she can remember. Being the youngest of four boys and their annoying affiliation for playing sports or enjoying sporting games can do that to a girl. Therefore, she is still trying to find a guy who is able to straddle the line between liking/possibly playing sports to enjoying the symphony and other cultural things too. However, she definitely does not believe that Max (also known as "The Beast" and is the enforcer for the San Diego Thunder hockey team) could ever be her "Prince Charming."

Nevertheless, they will find out if the chemistry that they sparked a year ago is still there or not during their forced time together while, Elle helps Max get custody of his son, Troy. While they are together, will Elle decide to protect her heart by distancing herself from them as much as she’s able or is she willing to break her job’s rules to be with Max and Troy as a family? Maybe beauty just found her beast...

My Book Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars, this fast-paced novel is a sweet and fun story about two unlikely people coming together! I liked how Elle handled herself throughout this whole novel. She was smart, decisive, kind, and feisty, definitely keeping Max on his toes. Max, Elle, and Troy made a great trio that I enjoyed reading about!

I recommend this novel to anyone who likes contemporary romances!

Book Teaser(s) :
"She wasn't a hellion," Dad defended her. "She was my pretty little princess."
Elle grinned and turning the other way she kissed her dad on the cheek. "I love you, too."
"It says something, doesn't it---" hope filled Becca's voice "---that he trusts you with his son."
Elle gave a long-suffering laugh. "Good try, Mom. Not going to happen."
"Okay." Her mom sighed. "But it's a shame."
"Why is that?" Elle was almost afraid to ask.
"As Dad says, you were his pretty little princess. As a little girl you spent hours playing Belle. I can just see the two of you together, Beauty and The Beast."
Elle nearly choked on the moisture stick she was using on her lips. People really had to stop saying that. ~ within Chapter 8
For more information on this book, and/or any other books by Teresa, then please check her out on the Goodreads' website.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blog Tour - Feasted On: Tangled Web by Crista McHugh | Interview, Review, & Giveaway

Today I'm turning my blog over to Crista McHugh, who I interviewed about her latest novel "Tangled Web," which is the 1st book in The Deizian Empire Series!!

ALSO -- Be sure to check out Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post to be able to sign up for this blog stop's GIVEAWAY!! [Blog Tour will run from October 11 - 17, 2012]

My Q&A with Crista McHugh :

Jess : Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Crista : In real life, I’m a doctor and a mother of 2 small children (which may explain some of my insanity). I refer to writing as “therapy”. In the past, I’ve some odd jobs like being a morgue attendant and autopsy assistant. I’ve also been a contestant on Jeopardy!

Jess : What books did you enjoy reading while growing up?

Crista : I had the entire series of the Babysitters Club. I also enjoyed reading Sunfire books (historical romance for teens looong before it was known as YA historical). And I loved Tamora Pierce’s Song of the Lioness series.

Jess : Which of your characters would you most & least to invite to dinner, from which book and why?

Crista : The answer to both questions would be Loku, the disembodied chaos god from my Soulbearer series. He’s fun, snarky, and bit unpredictable, which would either mean a lively dinner or a complete disaster.

Jess : Please describe your hero, from "Tangled Web," in one to two sentences.

Crista : Titus is an idealist, a man of philosophy and letters rather than swords and warcraft, but don’t underestimate him. Underneath those deep thought thoughts is a man with an iron will and the strength to make his dreams a reality.

Jess : What sparked the idea for The Deizian Empire series?

Crista : A switch of the channel. I watching Stargate and changed the channel to a documentary on the emperors of Ancient Rome (I happened to catch them just as they were transitioning to the reign of Caligula). I thought it would be cool to create a world loosely based on Ancient Rome where an alien race with “magic” (technology) enslaved the sentient races, and thus, the Deizien Empire was born.

Jess : If "Tangled Web" were to be made into a film, who do you see playing the main characters and why?

Crista : I’d love to see Freida Pinto playing Azurha.

As for Titus, I’d probably go for Jeremy Renner or Sam Worthington.


Jess : Out of all of the secondary characters within your The Deizian Empire series, do you have one or two favorites so far? If so, who are they and can you tell us why?

Crista : Actually, I was so intrigued with Galerius and Claudia that I’ve already given them a story (it’ll be out next year). They are both characters with tortured pasts and seem to be slaves to their roles in society. Marcus is another character I’m toying with. He’s got it really bad for a woman named Sexta, and I’m still trying to give them a good story worthy of a HEA.

Jess : When writing "Tangled Web" did you listen to a certain song list/playlist that you could share with us?

Crista : I hate to admit it, but I didn’t have any musical inspiration with this book. Usually, there’s a song that fits a scene or two in something I’m writing, but not this time.

Jess : In regards to "Tangled Web," if you could write it all over again, would you change anything about it?

Crista : There was a scene I was forced to delete because it didn’t fit the character arcs for Azurha and Titus. I’d love to find a way to incorporate it into the story, but maybe I’ll save it for another book.

Jess : Which usually comes first for you, the character(s) story or the idea for the novel?

Crista : It’s almost always characters. I get a glimpse of a person or hear the sound of their voice, and I’m furiously trying to take notes on all the ideas running through my mind.

Jess : How many books have you written? Which is your favorite and why?

Crista : Which is your favorite and why? I’ve written 10 novels (3 that will never see the light of day and 1 that needs some serious reworking), 6 of which have already been published or contracted, along with a handful of novellas and short stories. "Tangled Web" is one of my favorites because of the complexity of the characters, closely followed by "A Soul For Chaos."

Jess : Do you have any other projects in the works? If so, can you share a little of your current work with us?

Crista : I’m taking a break from writing for a month after writing two books (and having a baby) so far this year. "A Soul For Vengeance" is next on my plate, which will wrap up the Soulbearer Trilogy. After that, I’ll be working on the sequel to "The Tears of Elios" (or Marcus’s story, if I can ever get that hammered out to something I like).

Jess : Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?

Crista : Usually, there’s no point because the hubby is still sleeping in it. He’s nocturnal, so he’s rarely out of bed before noon.

Jess : If someone wrote a biography about you, what do you think the title should be?

Crista : LOL – probably, "I Dare You To..." since most of the important things in my life are the result of a dare or challenge.

Jess : What book are you reading now or have recently finished? How do/did you like it?

Crista : Right now, I’m reading "Fortune’s Hero" by Jenna Bennett and loving it!

Thanks for having me over!

Jess : YOU'RE WELCOME!! Thanks being here!! =0)

About the Author :

Crista McHugh is a multiple award-winning author of fantasy and paranormal romance. Her latest book, "A SOUL FOR TROUBLE," received 4 1/2 STARS (a keeper rating) from RT Book Reviews.

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and daughter, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she's had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she's also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

To be the first to know about her latest releases or to be entered into exclusive contests, please sign up for her newsletter using the contact form on her webpage, www.cristamchugh.com.

- This is an ARC book - Available Formats through Amazon.com: Paperback - Pages: 317 | Expected Release Date: October 9, 2012 | Publisher: Entangled Publishing : Select | Obtained: Entangled Publishing

"Tangled Web" [The Deizian Empire Series, Book 1] by Crista McHugh

My Book Summary : Within the past seven years, Azurha has become a freed slave but also a deadly assassin known as the Rabbit. She has built a reputation for herself. In addition, she hopes that after she completes, and gets the payment for, her latest job she will have solidified her reputation and made enough money for her to retire and live a peaceful life. However, as soon as her latest job begins, killing Titus Sergius Flavus (Titus)--the newest emperor, she realizes that it'll be harder to achieve then any assassinations in her past. This is because not only is Titus the most attractive man she has ever met and the nicest, he also seems to have a thoroughly planned out agenda to redeem his ancestors and bring the empire into a new and better age for everyone.

Therefore, as Azurha's time with Titus turns from days into a week and longer she knows her time with him to either kill him or just spend time in his arms is coming to an end soon. Will she be able to follow through with her original plans? Or will she protect Titus against the ones who hired her? Furthermore, will she be able to admit the truth of herself to Titus before everything becomes too late for both of them?

My Book Review : 4 out of 5 stars!! This one intriguing sci-fi-ish novel will keep you tangled in its web until the very end! It's like an alien-type of ancient Rome mixed with the political agendas of the "Game of Thrones" which is what creates the backdrop for this fascinating new series!! I LOVED the characters, especially Titus & Azurha!! So much so, that I wish this novel had an epilogue so I could find out what happened not long after the last scene. However, since it doesn't I'm hoping that book 2 of this series will be able to keep us readers updated with their antics!

The only flaw I found in this novel was how long Azurha pushed off informing Titus of who she was. I mean I understand why she did it, and I liked the way everything played out within the novel. Nevertheless, it made me not like Azurha a bit, because of how she acted. But oh wells ... everything turns out for the best. =0)

I recommend this series and novel to anyone who likes sci-fi/fantasy romances!

My Previous Review(s) for this Author : A Waltz at Midnight

Author's Book Trailer :

Book Teaser(s) :
“Are you telling me the truth?”
“Why would I lie about something like that?”
Disgust filled his eyes, and her own stung. Yes, that’s right. Think of me as a common whore. Used goods. Sullied to the point where you never want to touch me again. It will make killing you that much easier.
Instead of shoving her to the floor and ordering her out of his presence, he flipped her hand over and delicately traced the lines on her palm. Then he covered her hand and threaded his fingers through hers. “I know you said you were bound to no one,” he said quietly, “but as long as you reside in my palace, I will never share you with another man.”
When he possessively squeezed her hand, a gasp broke free from her. Her mouth went dry. Could he possibly mean what he said? ~ within Chapter 8
“If you wanted that kind of entertainment, I would have happily supplied it.”
It would be all too easy to snap his neck. In any other situation, she would have made him pay for his insult. Instead, she bit her tongue and focused on appearing demure while she let his words roll off her like water on glass.
“Be careful what you say, Rutilius.” Titus moved between her and their host. “Insulting her means you insult me.”
Part of her wanted to tell him that he didn’t need to come to her defense, but her heart melted at the sight of the muscle rippling along his jaw and the rigid way his body shielded her. ~ within Chapter 14
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