You Might Like This Book If…

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Ermisenda and I were looking back at our book reviews and realized how short they’ve gotten (mostly mine). I used to have a “you might like this book if…” section and separated it out into sections. I’d like to get back to writing better quality reviews rather than putting them off until I sit down and write 10 in one evening, but they lack the detail and finesse.

That made wonder, what do you want to see from a book review? I have my phone back, which means Audible is back and I can catch up on the pile of TBR calling my name. What do you want to see?

I was on Pinterest looking for inspiration and found some graphics I may mimic. I liked the why bit and the suggestions.

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Do you read book reviews? Do you like getting suggestions at the end? Help us improve our book…

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Limitations, by Scott Turow

Originally posted on Blogging for a Good Book:

turowIt’s a little known fact, but the vocalist for one of the big-name bands out there also has the greatest chops as a legal novelist. And with Limitations, which the New York Times Magazine graciously published in serial form, he shows that he can even take on the novella as a frame for his characters and settings.

Limitations brings readers back to Scott Turow’s fictional Kindle County, which has been likened to Chicago, but with a smaller-town feel. It also revisits two earlier characters – attorney George Mason (Personal Injuries) and Chief Judge Rusty Sabich (Presumed Innocent, Innocent).  Mason is now a judge on the Court of Appeals and is discovering that wisdom does not come with age and experience.

He’s also discovering that the black robe does not render him immune to the outside world: his wife and valued counselor of more than thirty years…

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Long Time

Hey guys,

 

I haven’t posted in a long time. I have been busy with…life I guess. Its been a confusing and difficult couple of weeks. But I’m keeping my head up. I have also been writing books and scripts. I am diversifying, expanding my horizons. I have also been editing. the third book of the New Yorkers will be out in September.

 

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Catelella Ross thought that she had been through everything already and come out of the other side a winner. Beating leukemia and getting her life back with the support of her husband, that’s what she thought. When her husband Michael discovers that she can’t have a child due to the chemotherapy he leaves her. Catalella tries to commit suicide but when she is saved she wakes up with a new lease on life. A few years later she concentrates all her efforts on the law firm that her father had left to her.

Ethan McCreery had a hard time growing up. The death of his father forced him to take over the family empire, but he still had his father’s best friend calling the shots. He has to prove himself so as to inherit all of the fortune his father had left to him. A billionare business man by night and a night club owner by night, a one night stand chages his life completely. Bewitched by Catalella’s full lips the last thing he expected to come out of them are the words “I am pregnant!”

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AJ was asleep when he was woken up by the insistent buzzing of his phone. It was Saturday and he knew it was either his parents or his sisters asking him why he wasn’t at the family lunch. AJ didn’t think he could drive all the way to the Hamptons. He would have to call them back and make his excuses. He was relying on his mother’s need to baby him, to help with his dad. Adrian Senior would just send a helicopter to pick him up, but having this weekend with Katherine alone would help him get their relationship going. So he wouldn’t call them now. He was going to pretend he hadn’t heard his phone and maybe they would think their son was elbow deep in surgery.
AJ flopped back and closed his eyes. He was staring at the back of his eye lids, replaying the surgery he’d had that day. He liked doing that at the end of each day, try to reflect on everything that could have gone wrong, that did go wrong and a better technique to reduce the risk to the patient.
But lately all he could think about was caressing Katherine’s beautiful needy body. He could feel it call to him. Or that was just his insistent libido telling him to take her. His stomach always dipped at the sensual attraction that echoed from her to him and back again.
Just as the thoughts of Katherine filled his mind, her unmelodic, tone-deaf singing filled his ears.
“I’m glad we agree on that.” AJ said on hearing the lyrics. He’d jumped off his bed and headed toward the cat being skinned. And now he wasn’t standing before a cat, but before the most beautiful woman in the world, his woman. AJ knew now he had been the only man her creamy thighs had cradled, the only one her most intimate secret had invited in. Katherine was his, unsoiled by any other man’s hands, undefiled by any idiot’s attentions. She was perfectly made for him. A man of medicine and science, AJ rarely acknowledged God for much, but this time he had to say the big man in the sky had done a good job molding Katherine.
lance grossAJ titled his head as amused as he was curious, but definitely more aroused. The tug toward her was stronger than anything he had ever felt. “What are you doing?”
“Waiting on you,” her voice dripped with honey and a ravenous need that had his stomach doing flips.
“Are you sure you want to invite me in there.” His voice was deep and husky even to his own ears. AJ gazed directly into the hard silver lightning in her eyes waiting for a flicker of doubt.
“I don’t think you have a choice.” Katherine stared pointedly at his groin and he had to chuckle.
“Don’t you think I need more convincing?” AJ definitely did not. The question was more for her than it was for him. But the fire that lit in her eyes when he held her gaze as he moved closer to her, told him that she was ready for him. Katherine was definitely not the same girl from the bonfire. He liked this confident side of her, the ‘I get what I want and what I want is you.’ AJ stepped around the bathtub and urged her forward so that he could slip in behind her.
AJ put his hands on the sides of the tub, teasing her and at the same time restraining himself. She rubbed up against him and he bit back a curse. He took a deep breath trying to steady himself but Katherine seemed determined to drive him nuts. So he gave into his untamed desire.“Have you ever done it in a bathtub?”
There wasn’t a surface known to man that AJ hadn’t had sex on. But he wasn’t about to tell her that. Instead what he said was, “Don’t think about anything else but the two of us. Don’t worry. I’ll make sure you don’t forget this experience. Ever.”
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Katherine stared at the number as AJ’s phone rang. She wanted to grab it and let this Lisette girl know that AJ had already been taken. But just as her fingers reached for it, AJ walked into the room, a towel riding low on his hips while he used another to dry his hair.BLUE EYES
“Is that mine?” he asked.
“Yup, it’s been ringing for a while.” She watched him pick it up, waiting for the guilt to register on his face. But—nothing. Instead he answered the phone with a sweet ‘Yes sweetheart.’ She stared at him, frustrated and steamed.
Katherine leaped off the bed and stalked to her room. Her heart pounded so hard she was surprised it hadn’t flown out of her chest. She couldn’t remember being this angry. She had spent the whole weekend with AJ; they seemed to be in a love bubble. But it was Sunday night, and it looked like it was time for Cinderella’s carriage to turn into a pumpkin. She should have known AJ’s attention and adoration had a time limit. How else did he fit in the hordes of whores in his busy medical schedule?
She could feel the tears sting her eyes. And no matter how much she told herself AJ wasn’t worth crying over, her heart couldn’t stop weeping. It was her fault, she was the one asked to be ‘roommates with benefits.’ She was just getting what she asked for. She quickly swiped the tears away when she heard AJ’s approaching footsteps.
“Hey, it was just my sister. Apparently since I missed Saturday lunch, I have to make up for it by having lunch with her tomorrow.” He half snorted a laugh.
“I think we should be ‘roommates with benefits,’” she declared.

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Multicultural Romance Blog-A-Thon presents Delaney Diamond

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Originally posted on Yolanda.Ashton:

It is my pleasure to feature Delaney Diamond! She has an interesting yet controversial subject. Enjoy :) 

Is It Wrong Not to Want Kids?

 The desire to procreate is not only part of life, it’s a popular theme in romance novels. But what about people who don’t want children? Is there something wrong with them? People who do have kids always talk about the joys of parenthood, but they omit the very valid reasons why someone shouldn’t have any. I, personally, can think of four perfectly good reasons. Here they are in order of least to most important:

Four. You get a good night’s sleep. My four-year-old niece recently spent the night with me, and she took over the bed. How someone so tiny could take up that much space is beyond me. It wasn’t enough to have me hanging off the edge of the mattress, she had to…

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COVER REVEAL, ON CALL THE NEW YORKER II

Originally posted on mokauthor:

HEY GUYS, COMING THIS JUNE FROM SCP

AJ Ross has always focused his attention on two things, women and medicine. He was the best at both. He was the love them and leave them type. But when he moves in with a girl he had a fling with, a girl he cannot remember, his life slowly begins to unravel.lance gross
BLUE EYESKatherine had always done what was expected of her. She was daddy’s little obedient girl. But when her father arranges a marriage between her and her friend she begins to rebel. Katherine bumps into a man who gave her a night she could never forget. The problem is, he can’t seem to remember her. So when they end up living together her sole purpose is to make sure AJ Ross remembers the night he took her virginity.

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“I love this song,” he said as he moved towards her…

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It’s been a while….

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So its been a while since I last posted something. I have been busy, writing, editing and taking pictures. And when I am not doing that I am watching telenovelas, what some people call the unrealistic love stories. I started watching the spanish delights at a young age and at that time it was just something to do. But in 2010 i watched a novela called Sortilegio and I started getting hooked. It was at that time I had started writing, so when I watched Sortilegio it wasn’t just for the gratification.I was getting into the story, the characters, analyzing and critiquing. You’d think that would take the fun out of it but it didn’t. I fell in love with Alejandro as a character before loving William Levy as the guy who brings out the character. he was strong masculine, everything you want a hero in a book to be. But he was also sensitive and wasn’t afraid to cry, a real man. And Maria Jose I have to say was the stereotypical heroine, the damsel in distress kind of girl. I usually don’t like those kind of girls but her character also didn’t take any B.S especially from her love interest. The story the plot, how it unfolded was great and original.

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Some of the telenovelas at times just annoy the hell out of me that I just stop watching them. There have been a couple of them where you don’t see the resolution coming you wait til you get old and grey… and nothing. There was one that I absolutely gave up on, Aurora. it annoyed the hell out of me. The story was definitely original and intriguing, but…arggh! I completely gave up on it until one day my twin starts telling me about these other characters. So their love story basically starts at the second half of the show. Its like watching soccer the first half completely annoying and uneventful then the second the fireworks start. I get the first part, exposition and all that. but i think they should have given Martin and Vicky a little more time. Eugenio Siller and Vanessa Pose just gel as fictional characters and as a realistic couple (which they are not). I loved the growth, they went from point A to B. They had their ups downs roller coaster ride that thank God didn’t take 100 episodes.

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But when you think about the great love stories, Romeo and Juliet, Withering Heights, let’s say Casablanca, you think of the dynamics, the passion, the pain, the strength to get through the difficult times, the couples and most importantly the love. When I watch Aurora (ep 78-135) and Sortilegio I get this feeling that I can’t explain, it rises from the depths of my tummy, to my heart and i get this weepiness that is totally uncharacteristic for me and i feel great. I feel like those are the stories that i want to write, the emotions i want to invoke in people. Not focus on writing great work but capturing the beauty in the little moments that make fiction a reality and focusing on the miracle of  falling in love.

I want to fall in love someday and have that great passion that the Mexican’s seem to breathe on a daily basis.

Yep I’m insane. Kisses check out my books and have a lovely weekend.

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Blog Tour: The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

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Queen of the Tearling

Erika Johansen’s debut novel, The Queen of the Tearling, is a good read. It didn’t wow me like I hoped it would, but I still thought it had a number of excellent “reading moments” throughout. I enjoyed getting to know Kelsea and other characters. This book is set to become a movie, and I can see why. I recommend that you pick up this book and try it out for yourself to see if you like it- I tend to have very high expectations.

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COVER REVEAL, ON CALL THE NEW YORKER II

HEY GUYS, COMING THIS JUNE FROM SCP

AJ Ross has always focused his attention on two things, women and medicine. He was the best at both. He was the love them and leave them type. But when he moves in with a girl he had a fling with, a girl he cannot remember, his life slowly begins to unravel.lance gross
BLUE EYESKatherine had always done what was expected of her. She was daddy’s little obedient girl. But when her father arranges a marriage between her and her friend she begins to rebel. Katherine bumps into a man who gave her a night she could never forget. The problem is, he can’t seem to remember her. So when they end up living together her sole purpose is to make sure AJ Ross remembers the night he took her virginity.

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HERE IS AN EXCERPT

“I love this song,” he said as he moved towards her, his eyes never leaving hers. “The words especially. What do you think?
“Uhmmm it’s great.”
“Is there room in there for two?”
She nodded, unable to trust her voice as a flush of heat swept through her. AJ was staring at her as if she was the last drop of water in a desert. He strode towards her, dropping his pants and stood before her intentionally. He wanted her to appreciate what she was getting and she did. AJ was eight inches and a brain. Katherine could have the best of two worlds, an intelligent conversationalist and a dedicated lover. She hooked her leg on the mouth of the tub, her creamy skin glimmering in the lights. She saw how his eyes roamed her body and felt the heat of his gaze as if it licked her body. His eyes started at her toes, down her calf to her thigh. He pointedly looked at what was hidden beneath the millions of tiny little bubbles. Unconsciously Katherine stroked her inner thigh, and AJ responded the only way he could, with a full salute.

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AJ was asleep when he was woken up by the insistent buzzing of his phone. It was Saturday and he knew it was either his parents or his sisters asking him why he wasn’t at the family lunch. AJ didn’t think he could drive all the way to the Hamptons. He would have to call them and make his excuses. He was relying on his mother’s need to baby him, to help with his dad. Adrian Senior would just send a helicopter to pick him up, but having this weekend with Katherine alone would help him get their relationship going.
Just as the thoughts of Katherine filled his mind, her unmelodic, tone deaf singing filled his ears. “….ooola ooola when you say my name I can feel the flame getting stronger, oh let me hear you say, ooola ooola we both feel the same and I can’t play this game any longer….”
“I’m glad we agree on that.” AJ had jumped off his bed and headed towards the cat being skinned. And now he wasn’t standing before a cat, but before the most beautiful woman in the world, his woman. AJ knew now he had been the only man her creamy thighs had cradled, the only one her most intimate secret had invited in. Katherine was his, unsoiled by any other man’s hands, undefiled by any idiot’s attentions. She was perfectly made for him. A man of medicine and science AJ rarely acknowledged God for much, but this time he had to say the big man in the sky did a good job molding Katherine.
“Are you sure you want to invite me in there.” His voice was deep and husky even to his own ears.
“I don’t think you have a choice.” Katherine stared pointedly at his groin and he had to chuckle. She was definitely not the same girl from the bonfire. He liked this confident side of her. AJ stepped around the bathtub and urged her forward so that he could slip in behind her.
“Have you ever done it in a bathtub?”
There wasn’t a surface known to man that AJ hadn’t had sex on. But he wasn’t about to tell her that. Instead what he said was, “Don’t think about anyone else but the two of us. Don’t worry, I’ll make sure you don’t forget this experience. Ever.”
 

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A Guest Post and Giveaway by Christina OW…. Why do readers love Historical/Regency Romance?

Why Do Readers Love Regency/Historical Romance?

 

Generally, I believe people read to relax and escape the real world and just be apart of someone else’s fictional world. Now, when it comes to Regency/Historical books, we crave a true escape from the modern world and all our troubles that mostly came with the age of technology. We all wonder how life would be without a lot of the technology present today and all the bills that come with it. What would it be like to live with no electricity and no pollution, to have someone speak to you like the human being you truly are and not a machine? What would life like if it were simple?

 
Historical romances are a true escape from the modern would to journey to an old simple life.

 
Others read historical/regency romances for the fantasy aspect of it and the majority of these readers I believe are women. The sensation of living the life of the rich and well born, wearing beautiful gowns—a different one for each time of day or social event, going to endless balls, mixing with royals and aristocrats, with handsome heroes ready to duel over a lady’s honor and being properly courted by respectable gentlemen… to just be apart of the Cinderella lifestyle. Ladies want to be treated with courtesy, to have men stand when you enter or leave a room, watch their language when they speak, open and close the door for you and a hundred other little things that existed at that time and practically extinct along with chivalrous men. But that could also be said about women—are their any respectable, decent ladies left after the end of the regency era?

 
If you are of one these readers be honest, do you sometime believe you were born in the wrong era?

 
And of course we can’t forget the bleeding heart romantics. Forbidden loves between the wellborn and peasants, arranged marriages that began with disdain and indifference before the characters finally developed a friendship that grew into a true love story. Or two characters who are madly in love with each other but can’t act on it because they are trapped in their marriages and honor demands they not commit adultery and of course the exciting illicit affairs between the members of the ton. Historical/Regency novels are true Cinderella stories that engaged readers until they become invested in the main characters love stories. This was the era that love matches were like unicorns and marriages were just business deals and to up one’s social standing.

 
Historical/Regency novels allow us to be apart of a world that doesn’t exist anymore, a society that we can love to love or hate because of all the social rules and restrictions especially when it came to love. We cry and we laugh with these characters and fall madly in love with them because the men are our Prince Charming and the women live the lives we wish still existed—well some part of it, I love the independence and the autonomy we have now from men—and live happily ever after.

 

Trial Of Love, a turbulent love story about a slave from America and the Earl who saved her from a fate worse than death.

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Blurb: After her mother’s death, Melanie’s life in America is full of heartache. Still, she has never allowed herself to despair. She was responsible for the care of her beloved father. Then he remarried a woman to wicked to be considered a mother to Melanie or her two sisters. After years of abuse, the stepmother sells Melanie off—to work in a brothel, and about to be sold to the highest bidder. Through a series of fortuitous events, Melanie falls into the care of Christopher, Earl of Ashworth, who has family issues of her own. The solution to his problems—and redemption for Melanie—wind together toward destiny.

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