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Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:42

Jennifer’s October 2012 Reads

Monthly Totals:
Total Books Read: 45

Ebooks Reads: 38
Paper Books Read: 7
Review Copies Read: 15
DNF: 1
Gift books: 1

 

Thursday, 01 November 2012 07:57

Author Interview: Elisabeth Naughton

Elisabeth_NaughtonToday, RNN features an interview and giveaway with author Elisabeth Naughton, whose book “Enslaved” releases on November 6th. This series is one of Jennifer’s favorites in the paranormal romance genre. At the end, find out how to win a copy of “Enslaved” from Naughton’s publisher, Sourcebooks.

 

Q. “Enslaved” is the 5th book in your Eternal Guardians series. Can you tell us a bit about this book?
A from EN:
The Eternal Guardians are seven warriors descended from the seven greatest heroes in Greek Mythology. They protect their own realm (Argolea) and the human realm from threats born of the Underworld, in particular one evil goddess with a serious vendetta against the guardians. Each book centers around a different guardian, with an over-arching plot of good vs. evil tying the series together.

 

Book five is Gryphon’s book. He’s my lost Argonaut. His soul was sent to the Underworld to be tortured in book 3 (“TEMPTED”) and he was rescued in book 4 (“ENRAPTURED”), but he came back a changed hero. Gryphon was always the easy-going, fun guardian. Now he hears voices, he twitches, and he fights an evil foreboding that haunts his every move. His story is really about finding himself again, and the one woman who has the power to rescue him from himself.

 

Monday, 29 October 2012 18:09

Review: Twelfth Night Secrets

Twelfth_Night_Secrets“Twelfth Night Secrets” by Jane Feather (historical, Pocket, October 2012, $6.99, 272pp)

 

Summary:

While others dance and flirt, Lady Harriet Devere has a secret life, assisting her older brother Nick with his duties as a British spy. When Nick is killed, however, Harriet assumes that her work passing coded messages to the Ministry of War will cease. Instead, she is charged with a vitally important mission: spend Christmas determining if Julius Forsythe, Earl of Marbury, is a double agent for the French.

 

Harriet expects danger, just not to her heart. . . . As the hostess of a holiday house party, she is perfectly placed to closely observe her noble guest—his elegant clothes, his penetrating dark eyes, his virile athletic build. But when passion flames between them, Harriet realizes that only a holiday miracle will allow her to find true love—in the arms of this spy who has come for Christmas.

 

Monday, 29 October 2012 13:58

Book Picks for the Week of October 29, 2012

Juniper Bell’s “Unleashing the Receptionist” (Samhain)
I’ve read the first two books in this series by Juniper Bell and will absolutely be reading this one. I’m hoping that in this one we finally get more background on Ethan and Simon, who have both been rather reserved about themselves. These books have lots of inappropriate, but sexy office shenanigans going on.

 

Sara Bennett’s “Sin with a Scoundrel” (Avon)
In this historical romance, the heroine is looking for some instruction on overcoming her innocence and turns to a rake for help. I can’t resist this type of plot. I cannot wait to read this one.

 

Allison Brennan’s “Stalked” (Minotaur)
I adore good romantic suspense stories, and this one seems to fit the bill. I’ve only read one or two books by Brennan, but none of her Lucy Kincaid books.

 

FireflyMountain_w7006_750Title: “Firefly Mountain”

Author: Christine DePetrillo

Publisher: The Wild Rose Press

Release Date: October 5, 2012

Price: $5.99 for ebook/$15.99 for print

Page count: 400 pages
Genre: Contemporary

 

Blurb:

Firefighter Patrick Barre is determined to hide away in the woods of Vermont. He's content to do his job, remodel his house, and enjoy the company of his arson-detection dog, Midas. Scars from the fire that destroyed his family keep him from letting anyone into his life.

“Under the Mistletoe” by Jill Shalvis (ebook, review copy, NetGalley)
Review to come. However, this Lucky Harbor, holiday novella is an absolutely delightful story.

 

“Letting Go 2: Stepping Stones” by Michele Zurlo (ebook)
In this story, a husband thinks his wife needs to let go and sink further into submission. As such, he books a vacation at a kinky island destination. Things don’t necessarily go as planned as Sabrina has difficulty coping. Overall, I liked the relationship between Sabrina and Jonas, but felt a bit lost at times. I wasn’t always sure what Jonas was trying to accomplish and whether it was what he wanted or whether it was what he thought Sabrina really needed (and wasn’t entirely convinced that Sabrina wanted to give up more control over her life).

 

“Hook Up” by Miranda Baker (ebook)
While getting ready for her best friend’s wedding, Crystal is reunited with Ryan, the man to whom she gave her virginity. The thing is, Crystal has changed significantly since their college encounter. Now, she dates women and is a sensual psychic (she is an empath who senses others’ emotions). However, the hot chemistry still exists between the two and can’t be denied. This story felt different to me. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect with Crystal’s psychic senses – and the romance. This is a very steamy book.

 

Sunday, 28 October 2012 12:43

Review: Lord Gray's List

lordgrayslist“Lord Gray’s List” by Maggie Robinson (historical, Brava, November 2012, $14.00, 352pp)

 

Series: The London List, book 1

 

Summary:
From duchesses to chamber maids, everybody’s reading it. Each Tuesday, The London List appears, filled with gossip and scandal, offering job postings and matches for the lovelorn–and most enticing of all, telling the tales and selling the wares a more modest publication wouldn’t touch.

 

Thursday, 25 October 2012 10:03

Best Romance Crack Quest

rom_novelsI was a bit sad when I finished my spurt research and published The Great Spurt Study: A Seminal Look at Lora Leigh’s Usage of Spurt. I wondered on Twitter what I should do next. While I didn’t expect an answer, I shouldn’t have been surprised that I got some suggestions. I’m not sure how serious I was either about starting something new. However, author Maya Banks (and yes, I’m placing blame for this whole thing on her shoulders) lobbied hard for a list of romance crack recommendations.

 

I chuckled a bit, but then I started thinking about the idea. The more I thought about it, the more I liked it. Who doesn’t love romance crack? I spend so much of my time on Twitter noting the books that everyone I follow reads, looking for the next best/wacky/over-the-top thing.

 

So, I am planning a quest to find the best romance crack. What does this entail? I’m still flushing out the details. However, the basic plan is to solicit crack nominations from romance readers (and yes, I already started this process on Twitter) and compile all the nominations into a list. I expect this phase to take at least a month (think November 2012). Next, depending on how many titles people nominate, I plan to categorize the titles by genre (contemporary, erotic, paranormal, etc).

 

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 18:25

New Feature for New England Romance Authors

Are you a romance author that lives in the New England area? Do you have a new release coming out? Romance Novel News has a new promotional opportunity for you.

 

Just send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   with NERA in the subject line. In the body of the email, please indicate that you are submitting a new release to RNN for feature attention. Please include the title of the book, cover image, publisher (self-published books are welcome), release date, price and page or word count along with the book blurb or description.

Monday, 22 October 2012 19:53

Book Picks for This Week - October 22, 2012

Sylvia Day’s “Reflected in You” - I’ve read this one (see review). The short version is that Day shocked me silly with some of the events of this book. I think the events fit the story quite well. However, these events are external to the romantic relationship between Eva and Gideon and overshadowed the development of said relationship. Ultimately, I feel that I will only be able to make up my mind about this book after having read the third one. This makes reviewing this story a challenge. This one has been out in ebook for a couple of weeks, but finally releases in paper tomorrow.

 

Jane Feather’s “Twelfth Night Secrets” - This is a holiday romance, and I enjoyed it quite a bit. It certainly helped to put me in holiday spirit. I haven’t read a Jane Feather book in a long time, but this one made me remember that I enjoy her romances.

 

Miranda Baker’s “Hook Up” – I am a big fan of Miranda Baker’s books, especially “Solo Play.” As such, I will be reading “Hook Up.” I have it on pre-order. Its heroine is a sensual psychic, and I’m quite interested to find out exactly what that means.

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