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The Dying Animal by Phillip Roth

Some books have that particular pervading smell. This book is one of them. It is what I would come to think as entering a men's club. I cannot escape the sense of being inside a masculine study filled with leather bound books, the rustling of papers in a corner oak table, a lingering smell of tobacco left on an ashtray. That is how it was reading this book.

A friend lent it to me and considering her tastes (which is a bit opposite of mine), I thought it is a bit as insane as she. And I meant that in an overwhelmingly brilliant way.

Written in a long monologue, like an endless stream of soliloquies, an aging David Kepesh dishes out the finer points of his life and his involvement with a young woman named Consuela Castillo while touching on other topics in between. Opinions about politics, growing old, social structure, war, etc are laid out along with the sexual revolution of the sixties, women, love and other musings.

Book to Film: Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes

It's the go to place. Often, things boil down to basking under the Tuscan sun, yearning for a new start, for an enlightened state, a reprieve from the buzzard or the banality of the day to day (considering the number of memoirs about moving to Italy). So I keep wondering there must be something under that piece of Northern Italy sky.

Frances Mayes subtly illustrates her summers in her Tuscan villa in delicate prose and impressions, giving us an almost normal portraiture of the little activities happening in her town, Cortona. Some things are simple like picking herbs outside her kitchen garden for her recipes and digging up potatoes while others get a bit difficult like getting official papers and dealing with house builders among others.

It feels nostalgic, as if the memoir has become distant memories sifted in the author's mind, reminiscing luminous moments from the remnants of her divorce to the time she bought the abandoned villa. From the details of her flower garden to …

Cover Reveal: Desired (Club Sin #3) by Stacey Kennedy

Publisher: Loveswept (Random House Publishing Group) ISBN: 9780553391183 Release date: July 22, 2014
Readers ofFifty Shades of Greyare sure to loveDesired,Stacey Kennedy’s latest seductive, electrifying novel of Club Sin, where fantasy becomes reality.

Kyler Morgan, Master at the legendary Club Sin in Las Vegas, knows how to give women what they want—too well. He hasn’t had a real challenge in a long time. Then Ella Snow enters his life. Beautiful, inhibited, and innocent in the ways of submission and domination, Ella is the new blood he’s been lusting after. Soon, the thrill of training her to embrace his world brings forth desires Kyler cannot control.

After ending an abusive relationship, Ella makes a promise to herself to start living life to the fullest. It’s one of the reasons she seeks out Club Sin. Here, Kyler’s every touch is a lesson in liberation, stirring passions that have no bounds. But as she falls under Kyler’s command, Ella discovers that some secrets are so dark they m…

Blog Blitz: Hard As You Can (Hard Ink Series 2) by Laura Kaye

Today is the book birthday of Hard As You Can, the second book inLaura Kaye's Hard Ink Series. As a special treat we are hosting a Q&A with Laura  Kaye along with a special excerpt from the book and a raffle giveaway.

Riding Desire Book Blitz February 24-28: Giveaway

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1200 pages/ 435000 words

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Hop on for the ride of your life in this NEW exclusive limited edition box set of 14 never before published books from the industry's hottest authors in contemporary romance.

Whether you crave alpha heroes, possessively wicked boyfriends, sexy inked rock stars, or passionately naughty lovers, Riding Desire will fulfill your bad boy biker fantasies like no other boxed set you've ever read.

Priced at only 99 cents, this is your chance to enjoy books from today's New York Times, USA Today, Amazon and Barnes & Noble bestselling authors. Get Riding Desire now before it's gone. Amazon Barnes & Noble Goodreads

Natural Born Charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

On his break from a season and driving along the highway in Colorado, Dean Robillard passed by a walking headless beaver. A very pissed girl in a beaver mascot, that is. What starts as a hilarious interlude becomes an amusing companionship and from there, things escalate to the gypsy, the unexpected.

There are few books which had me laughing on the first paragraph and this is but a first, methinks, that got me on the first sentence. It's been a while since I last read a SEP novel and I am surprised I find it still refreshing.

Blog Tour: Wrong Place, Wrong Time by Tilia Klebenov Jacobs

Book Synopsis: When Tsara Adelman leaves her husband and two young children for a weekend to visit her estranged uncle, she little dreams he is holding several local children captive on his lavish estate. Mike Westbrook, father of one of the boys, kidnaps her to trade her life for the children’s. Soon Tsara and Mike are fleeing through New Hampshire’s mountain wilderness pursued by two rogue cops with murder on their minds.
Review: Wrong Place, Wrong Time was a well written and fast paced thriller. There was more to this book than the summary suggested. For one the abduction and the reason for why happens in the first half of the book. The other part dealt with the aftermath which reads more like a procedural crime story. If you like the TV show Law and Order it will remind you of that. The characters were well developed and fleshed out, but as a reader you tend to side with Mike rather than Tsara despite the fact she suffered more. Tsara also had to deal with the psychological afte…

Cover Reveal: Shattered Secrets by Krystal Wade

Popular YA author Krystal Wade has a thrilling new novel coming out on March 3rd, 2014! Meet Abigail Nichols and Derrick Crawford in SHATTERED SECRETS, a story about love and magic that will keep you on the edge of your seat. We have a fun jigsaw puzzle of the cover for you guys! Go on, give it a try! ...but if you can’t wait, just scroll down and take a peek at final cover of SHATTERED SECRETS! 

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Book to Film: A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

In these days when I have been burying myself on modern classics, this book finally got its turn. What more, I watched both film adaptations beforehand and genuinely found it lovely.

A Room with a View tells us about a young English woman traveling to Florence with her cousin guardian. She meets a few of the English tourists in their Italian pension over dinner and what starts as a typical appropriate discussion about "a room with a view" turns into an awakening of a woman's heart and mind to the beauty, to the discoveries of living life.

Forster writes the classic (British) way of exploring a coming of age story, about a girl wrapped in the pleasantries and manners of her own circle that when she finds herself outside the zone of her comfort was made to grasp the threshold of a different view.

If I had not known beforehand the gist of the book, I'd have tired of half the rambling conversations that make no sense to me, that offer nothing to enlighten nor to glean fr…

Angel to the Rescue :BLOG BLITZ Tour

Angel to the Rescue - PROMO Blitz By Petie McCarty Contemporary Romance Date Published: 12/11/2013

Child psychologist Rachel Kelly isn't quite sure how to handle the situation with her newest client -- a six-year-old boy who says he can talk to angels and one is coming to help Rachel. She already has her hands full of trouble this Christmas season, and things quickly take a turn for the worse when a stalker crashes Rachel's Christmas party and takes her young clients hostage.
Police negotiator, Lt. Jake Dillon, walked away from his fiancée Rachel when she suddenly balked at having kids. His kids. Yet when the hostage crisis erupts, Rachel calls Jake first. Now he has a choice to make -- stand back and wait for the cavalry to save Rachel or step in and try to save her himself. Time is running out, and Jake may be their only chance for rescue.
Unless Rachel's little angel-spying client is telling the truth…
Excerpt and Giveaway!

Book Club: Breakfast At Tiffany's: In which we discuss the book and the movie

Book Synopsis: With her tousled blond hair and upturned nose, dark glasses and chic black dresses, Holly Golightly is top notch in style and a sensation wherever she goes. Her brownstone apartment vibrates with martini-soaked parties as she plays hostess to millionaires and gangsters alike. Yet Holly never loses sight of her ultimate goal - to find a real life place like Tiffany's that makes her feel at home. Immortalized in a film starring Audrey Hepburn, Truman Capote's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" is full of sharp wit and in its exuberant cast of characters vividly captures the restless, slightly madcap era of early 1940s New York.
So who hasn't heard of Breakfast at Tiffany's?  More likely one would either be familiar with Truman Capote's novella of which the movie was based on.  The movie starred the gorgeous Audrey Hepburn and the dashing George Peppard with more people probably remembering to watch rather than reading the book.  Mention the heroine&#…

Marked Hearts Day!

Marked Hearts are 12 YA and NA authors coming together to celebrate Valentine's Day with stories of love.  These are 12 separate stories centered around romance brought to you by some best selling authors: Brina Courtney, Sarah Ashley Jones, Magan Vernon, Dawn Pendalton, Amy Evans, Amber Garr, Morgan Black, Jo Briggs, Jessica Gibson, Tammy Blackwell, Sarah Makela and Michelle D. Argyle.  So this Valentine's Day cuddle up with amazing book boyfriends for under a dollar.
Come join the Facebook Party happening Monday February 17th!

Valentine's Day Sale: Window (Paris Secrets #1) by Michele Renae

From February 13-17, 2014 only! Grab your copy now Amazon

NEW RELEASE: SCREEN (Paris Secrets Book 2) by Michele Renae

SYNOPSIS: She fell willingly, seduced by the erotic foreignness of all that he was.

Words can be more powerful than touch. Stimulate and engage the senses, then watch what happens...

They began a daring affair a few weeks ago, baring skin, sensual secrets—their very souls—before their bedroom windows, situated across the street from one another. Now they've taken it to the next level. The laptop screen has added sound to their intimate liaisons, and his voice, that delicious French accent, is oh, so sexy. His laughter teases good shivers across her skin, and his sensual commands seduce her deeper into a world of erotic play. Fantasies lure them into a new intimacy and a surprising trust that the two strangers who have never touched welcome.

Yet frustrations grow as she pines for his touch. They must meet. Soon. But a secret is revealed that will challenge their desires and the trust both have earned.

Return to the heroine's Parisian apartment as she continues her relationship with…

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

First thing to say is, what a beautiful cover title. It is close to love at first sight for the book and me. Only two things can happen thereafter; we'll engage together in a reading bliss or drift away with a hesitant goodbye.

After a divorce, Emily is spending the days in her Aunt Bee's home in an island off Seattle for some healing. She met old acquaintances, walked to the beach, and discovered an anonymous diary which may be the key to some secrets long buried on this settled island life.

The Penkeepers by Taylor Hartley

Hollie Selix spent her summer feeling out of place like there was a place she needed to go to. One day, she starts hearing voices in her head and suddenly gets whisked by a stranger who she almost crashed her car into. The stranger, Arthur, takes her to Sahara where he tells her she is the new Penkeeper - a person chosen in every generation with the power to dictate lives and write history.

However, darkness is rising and is waiting for the moment to strike. Will Hollie be able to carry on with her new responsibility and save the world?

Cover Reveal: Serena Bell's Hold on Tight

A note from author Serena Bell…
Hold on Tight, my June release, is all about secrets. Mira Shipley’s secret baby, the one she conceived with army Ranger Jake Taylor before he vanished for eight years. The secrets Jake keeps from Mira even once he’s home from war, emotionally battered and physically injured. And the biggest secret of all—the one they’re both keeping—how strong their feelings are, and how fast they’re falling for each other.
So I figured it was time to let one secret out of the bag: Hold on Tight’s fabulous cover. Without further ado, here’s the first peek at Mira and Jake:

Cover Reveal: Fight For You by Magan Vernon

Author Magan Vernon has a new release coming and today we are proud to share with you all the steamy cover! 
Also, you could win 1 of 5 eARCs of FIGHT FOR YOU. :) 

About FIGHT FOR YOU.... Nicky Ragusa lives his life inside the cage, circuiting the underground ring to escape his fate as the mafia prince. When Jackie Marks crashes into his life, he’ll take the fight outside the cage.

But the battle for Jackie’s heart comes with a steep price. Nicky’s father has wanted him to take over the family business for years, and the time for running is over. Now Nicky is right where his father has always wanted him: in the middle of a war.

All Nicky has ever wanted to do was fight. Now all he has to do is fight for her.

Win 1 of 5 eARCs of FIGHT FOR YOUR BELOW! Open INTERNATIONAL.  Plus an exclusive Excerpt after the cut

The Secret Star by K.C. Finn

It was just another day for 35-year-old-turning-36-tomorrow Jeffrey Mercier, when he woke up on his flat in London in 1969. He went on with his usual routine, going to work for his boring job at Harlan and Locke. It did seem to be an ordinary day, until a young woman told him that he's gonna die in ten minutes if he won't go out of the building. Of course he didn't believe her, yet he found himself outside the building ten minutes later, the building blown up.

He was saved again from a stampede by the same young woman whom he met ten minutes ago, introducing herself as Marie-Elizabeth Giraud. Marie was tasked to save Jeff from death and take him to the Time Agency, where he's going to be inducted as a time agent.

Later that day, Jeffrey Mercier's life as Mister Mercy begins.

Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel

There's food, herbs and recipes, magic and romance, family squabbles and hints of bitter sweetness, with ghosts even; it is heartwarming as it is magical. These elements prevalent on Latin American literature always draw me in. Language aside, perhaps it is its proximity to our own culture that enables me to appreciate it as if looking on cloudy mirrors.

Tita, the youngest in the De La Garza family, is bound by tradition to remain at the ranch and take care of her mother, never to marry. She falls in love with Pedro who cannot get enough of the delicious dishes she cooks. To be close to her, Pedro marries her sister in desperation. Will their love ever prevail against all odds?

Set your sights on "The Fixer" by T.E Woods

Book Summary: Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge.She’s the person you hire when you need something fixed—permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it’s clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible—and quite deadly. . . .
In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police . . . but it might be too late. In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wan…

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Once in every century, God chooses a child to bear the Godstone. The bearer is marked by God, destined for greatness and do an act of service for him.

On her sixteenth birthday, Godstone bearer Princess Lucero-Elisa of Orovalle is wed to a man she has never met before - King Alejandro of Joya d'Arena. As she tries to fit in her new home, she's kidnapped by an unlikely captor. In her journey across the desert, Elisa finally sees the chance to fulfill the destiny that God has set for her.