Upcoming books!

I love knowing the releases of upcoming books. I write them in my agenda and they help me get through dreary Mondays at work. I go through the author sites, check their upcoming releases, then write them into my agenda religiously every year. This time around, I thought I’d share some of the titles I’m particularly excited about with you guys. That way, if you’re a fan, you can also add them to your list.

Madeline Hunter has Tall, Dark and Wicked coming out October 6th.

Nora Roberts has Stars of Fortune coming out November 3rd.

Nalini Singh has Archangel’s Enigma coming out September 1st.

Elizabeth Hoyt has Sweetest Scoundrel coming out November 24th.

Mary Balogh has Only a Kiss coming out September 1st.

Kristen Ashley has Hold On also coming out September 1st.

Jill Shalvis has All I Want coming out October 6th and My Kind of Wonderful December 22nd.

Annabel Joseph has Torment Me coming out at the end of September.

These are just some of the amazing books coming out before the end of 2015. Do you have others you’re looking forward to? Share them with me! I’d love to add them to my list. 😀

Those awesome posts

There are some amazing posts out there. I’ve collected just a few here that stood out in my mind. If I’ve missed one, give me a shout and let me know! I love to find new awesome posts.

This one comes from adpushup.com. They actually sent me their link! It’s a great article on 50 resources for bloggers. They have them by categories with links for convenience. Just awesome! A huge thanks to them for sending me that link!

A huge congrats to Winter Bayne for her first fantasy story in The Dragon Tempest. Winter Bayne is one of those incredibly talented writers on the rise. This is what she said of her newest work: “It is a story of discovery and realization both for the characters and readers. And I pat myself on the back for getting what I would consider a speculative (maybe paranormal) fiction romance into an Epic/ Dark Fantasy Anthology.” Check it out here.

If you’re a fan of Elizabeth Hoyt, don’t miss out this review of her latest book, Dearest Rogue by Penny Dreadful. If you haven’t heard of her, here’s a great chance to get to know one of the best writers of historical romance. Hands down.

For the writers out there, here‘s a great opportunity to share your WIP. Chris, the Story Reading Ape has this great blog with awesome opportunities, links and supports for writers. Check out this one from Britney Sahin, she offers her blog to promote your book!

This resource also came to me through email. It’s an amazing post with 51 Must-Visit Sites for Writers from Now Novel. Not only are there great resources, they’re classified by categories. An absolute great link to have handy. What a great post and a HUGE thanks to Now Novel for that link!

If you write historical fiction, might I suggest this site? The Historical Novel Society keeps a great selection of resources, reviews, features and news.

I really liked the post by Porter Anderson in Writer Unboxed titled In our CyberVillage: so much anger. Maybe because there’s a false sense of security in our anonymity online, there is a lot of anger out there. Whatever the reason, the result is hurtful and Mr. Anderson has a great, peaceful way of dealing with online bullies. I liked his suggestion and his insight.

Being married to a British man, this post on Nicholas C. Rossis hit close to home. Canadians are known for apologizing needlessly, but there’s nothing like a Brit to understate something. Check out this hilarious Translation of some usual British comments and what they actually mean.

Becoming Minimalist is one of those things I’m slowly trying to accomplish and the blog by that name is a huge help. This weekend, they had a post with carefully chosen articles to inspire simplicity and a selection of awesome blogs. Check it out!

Write to Done has a great post for those who procrastinate. It not only shares a great article on how to overcome procrastination but it has a diagnostic tool to figure out what type you are and then includes helpful hints for each type. I won’t mention which I am… *cough* perfectionist *cough*. 😀

There are absolutely great posts out there and simply not enough time for me to share all of them. Still, I had to mention this one. Just Gene’O is a blog I never miss and this post with its incredible metaphors is one of the many reasons why.

Finally, something to make you smile,

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My favourite series

Absolutely recommended. Hands down. These are my favourite series in no particular order. In order to make this list, the series has to have more than 3 books and they have to reside on my Keeper Shelf.

* The Black Dagger Brotherhood by J. R. Ward.

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* The Guild Hunter Series by Nalini Singh.

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* The Psy/Changeling Series also by Nalini Singh.

psy_changeling_collage_by_nixtheeverknowing-d6qwhlu-2* The Bedwyn series from Mary Balogh.

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* The Maiden Lane series from Elizabeth Hoyt.

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* The Outlander series from Diana
Gabaldon.

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Did I miss any? Rats!

* The Rarest Blooms by Madeline Hunter!

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Miss any now? Do you have a series you adore? Or one I should have included? Give me a shout! I love to find great new books!

P.S. If you click on those covers, you can go to the author sites.

Review: ‘Darling Beast’

I love the theme Beauty and the Beast. It’s a favourite premise of mine, so I was thrilled to have Elizabeth Hoyt write it. I have read every book she’s written because I find she’s consistently awesome. Her characters are incredibly well written, fresh and new. The dialogue is quirky and fun and her books are over before I know it. She’s on my automatic-buy list. As soon as I get a new calendar, I write her release dates on it. She’s that good.

This book was no disappointment. Apollo Greaves is the ‘beast’. A monster of man who can’t speak. I loved that premise and wondered how could she ever make the romance happen when he was mute. How could she create tension? How could she put in her quirky romance? I won’t tell you how, but she does do it. In spades.

There’s also Lily, our heroine. A wonderful person who’s down on her luck and has to live in an abandoned theatre with her son Indio and their hilarious italian greyhound Daff. Lily was so easy to like, I was her best friend within a few paragraphs.

It’s no secret that I like dogs and Daff was a particular favourite of mine. She’s so funny and naughty and still realistic that I looked forward to every scene with her in it.

Touching and moving, Darling Beast is a great historical romance and another definite joy in my work week. I have to admit, I snuck read it and took it everywhere. Couldn’t stop reading until I turned the last page. If you’re a fan of romance or historical romance, I’d highly recommend this one.

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Note: click on cover to go to site.

Monday Morsel: Darling Beast

Monday Morsel is a little twist I put on the bookish meme Teaser Tuesdays hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. It works just like Teaser Tuesdays…except it’s on Monday. 🙂

Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other Monday Morsel participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

“If she lived through the day she was going to have to apologize to Indio.

For there was a monster in the garden.” Pg. 9 from Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt.

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Note: click on book to go to site.

Of paint and books

In his latest attempt to sell our house, my lovely hubby has pulled out all the stops. He hired an interior decorator (to give him ideas) and argues with himself about everything from paint colour to decorative cushions. So far, he had only been talking. Until today.

I arrived home to the smell of paint and noticed there were several bushes missing outside our house. One more glance told me I was wrong, there weren’t several bushes missing, there were trees missing as well. Then I looked inside the house.

This morning our house was a cream colour. Today, every room is a new rainbow shade. Furniture has magically moved or is missing altogether, we have new covers on our beds, pictures are in odd spots and every counter is bare. Not a soap, or toothbrush in sight. Our dogs, who could easily disrupt this transformation, were banished outside.

But then, today was also the day when I got this:

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5 Books I re-read over and over

Some books are okay, some are good and some are soooo good, I keep re-reading them. Over and over. I’m not exaggerating either, I know some parts like litany. They’re that good. Here are five that fall into that category for me.

1. Slightly Dangerous by Mary Balogh is one of those. I read that story over and over and over and just writing the title down makes me want to pick it up again. The hero is awesome, the heroine wonderful and the story makes me want to go back in time. It’s that good. I simply can’t wait to live it all over again.

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2. Death Angel by Linda Howard. The best story and so sad. The hero is terrifying and amazing. The heroine is courageous and awesome. It’s just sooo good, I want to read it all the time.

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3. Lover Unbound by J.R. Ward. One of my favourite stories from the BDB series. They just don’t get any better than V and Jane. I go back to this book over and over.

lover-unbound4. The Serpent Prince by Elizabeth Hoyt. An unbelievably good love story about a very corrupt man who finds love and redemption. I go back to this one over and over to find solace and a great love story. It’s just so beautiful.

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5. Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh. Raphael scared me to pieces…until he fell in love with Elena. She’s as tough as he is and they’re such an amazing couple. I love reading how they came to know each other. It’s such a great story and written so well.

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How about you? Do you have any amazing books you reread?

 

Awesome October books

Eagerly awaited, these books are the ones I’ve marked on my calendar and keep me going through those dreary Mondays at work. Here are a few along with other favourites!

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Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Never Marry a Viscount by Anne Stuart

Only Enchanting A Survivors' Club Novel (Mary Balogh)

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

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 Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini Singh

 

If you’re still looking for books, here’s another post with even more books from All About Romance.

Ode to excerpts

How I love excerpts. Let me count the ways,

1. They’re free. They require no financial commitment. No risk. You don’t have to pay a thing and yet, you get to sample. Awesome.

2. They’re small. No need to worry that it’s 500 pages and you don’t have to the time to read it. An excerpt is small, a couple of pages at most. It’ll take maybe a couple of minutes and you’re either hooked or not interested. Easy.

3. They’re fun. I hesitate to try horror or drama, but in an excerpt, I’ll try anything. Anything. Yes, even a cooking book.

4. They’re usually really, really good! The author picks a piece that’s tasty and interesting. Either we’re about to meet the hero or they find out something terrifying or you laugh. In any case, the excerpt is a good piece of the pie, worth savouring.

5. I get to find a new author I love. Authors that I love to read are like precious jewels. I hound their sites waiting for their next release. I read and re-read their books over and over. I write their release dates on my agenda and wait impatiently for that next book. They’re a treasure and a girl can never have enough of them. If an excerpt can give me a new author to love, I’ll be over the moon.

Want to try some? Hm? Don’t they sound yummy? Well, here are a few excerpts to wet your tastebuds. Hope you’ll find a new, fantastic author!

* Fool me Twice by Meredith Duran. Historical romance.

* It Happened one Wedding by Julie James. Contemporary romance.

The Benevolence Archives by Luther M. Siler. Science fiction.

The Escape by Mary Balogh. Historical romance.

Prophecy of Stones by Mishka Jenkins. Paranormal romance.

Oranges for Christmas by Margarita Morris. Fiction.

* Irrevocable by Skye Callahan. Erotic romance.

* Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh. Paranormal romance.

Dreamwalker by Deidra Alexander. Paranormal fiction.

The Scientific Method by Joey W. Hill. Paranormal erotic fiction.

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Fantasy.

* It’s in His Kiss by Jill Shalvis. Contemporary romance.

* Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoyt. Historical romance.

Have fun and enjoy! 😀