Living in a Blurbing World

Barbara Vey -- January 23rd, 2008

I think we broke the record today for the number of book blurbs, which is great news for all you writers out there looking to have your book covers on the Beyond Her Book blog <g>.  The WW ladies and friends have gone all out and are really enjoying reading so many new (for some of them) authors and marvelous stories.

The Vampire’s Seduction by Raven Hart

Read by Joyce

Savannah, Georgia became the home of William Thorne when it was a colony, and he’s come to think of it as his after all these centuries.  Cultured and aristocratic, he moves among the social elite, but cares about those for whom he is personally responsible, such as his household staff, his paramour, and the only descendent he ever “made”, Jack McShane.  When a powerful old world vampire arrives in Savannah and threatens his people and the population itself, William and Jack begin to wonder just how much they know and trust one another. 

I  almost missed this one and what a shame that would have been.  This book is one I had judged by its cover, and if I hadn’t considered it required reading for various reasons, I would have put it into the “maybe someday I’ll get around it” pile.  I still haven’t figured out what the cover has to do with the story.  It looked to me like a stereo-typical romance novel made with roses and bath oil, and those don’t generally appeal to me.  

So what a surprise I got when The Vampire’s Seduction sucked me right in (so to speak) and I found out it wasn’t a romance novel at all.  The first few pages were a bit confusing, but then the story took off and it was riveting.  I enjoyed the mix of darkness and light in the action and suspense.  The next book is definitely on my TBR list.  Good news Joyce, I’ve just mailed the second book to you.

No Holding Back by Liz Allison & Wendy Etherington

Read by Lisa

Isabel Turner is a Public Relations bigwig who represents the top names in NASCAR.  She’s in line to take over her uncle’s job at the firm, but bad boy racer Cade Garrison could be her downfall. 
  You don’t have to be a racing fan to enjoy this book.  You don’t even have to know much of anything about NASCAR.  However, it is a romance/race book.  Isabel and Cade are both stubborn about getting together even though they want each other.  They each have good reasons for not wanting to get together, but are they strong enough to stay apart? The book had me laughing out loud at parts.  A charming and humorous book that has me wanting to actually watch a NASCAR race (something I never thought possible).

Learning to Breathe by Karen White

Read by Jennifer

Brenna O’Brien is surrounded by four loving sisters and at 33 finds “her voice.”  Pierce McGovern, her former love, disappeared years ago, but when he comes back to town is fate at work?

Karen White does an amazing job telling a story about long lost loves with old, unopened letters providing a poignant piece of the puzzle. The story will make you laugh and cry, sometimes at the same time.  Truly a wonderful, inspiring story, it was almost impossible to put down.


Sojourn –Time Rovers Book 1 By Jana G Oliver 

Read by Joyce

1888 London — Into the period when all  London is in an uproar about the heinous murders of prostitutes, Jacynda Lassiter, a Rover for TIC (Time Insertion Corporation) is sent to retrieve an AWOL tourist and return him to 2057.   There are secrets and mysteries aplenty for her to unravel, not the least involving the intense compassionate young doctor who shares her boarding house, a man whose description is uncannily similar to that of the killer.  She must keep her secret while facing the dangers and squalor of Victorian Whitechapel, and face the very real possibility of an encounter with Jack the Ripper himself.

Dr. Alistair Montrose does indeed have secrets, and being a shapeshifter is all the more likely to incriminate him and expose a society that must remain hidden.

This time-travel tale has twists and turns and mysteries enough to keep a reader intrigued to the end and ready for more.  Happily for me, there will be more, and I look forward to Book 2, Virtual Evil.

Deal With This by Lucy Monroe

Read by Loretta

Alan Hyatt’s job has him working undercover as a reporter trying to get the info on espionage in the Vancouver movie industry.  Jillian Carlyle is an actress and his landlady who doesn’t date her renters. 

An interesting beginning – and an even better ending, but the in-between pages left me asking too many questions.  Keeping up with the baggage which the two main characters brought to this relationship was a full time job!  The plot was excellent, but the sex manual included was a shock – to me, anyway (although others I told about it couldn’t wait to read this book.  Obviously, personal preference).  So, begin reading and you will no choice but to finish.  A gratifying and provocative read – I did it!

Bottom Line:  Today is National Handwriting Day.  So, stop typing for 2 minutes, search for a pen and paper and send someone a personal note…in your own handwriting (if you still remember how).


16 thoughts on “Living in a Blurbing World

  1. Jenny Saint

    It was nice to see two of my cousins reviewing books! I was surprised to see their smiling faces. I love NASCAR so “No Holding Back” is next on my list. Maybe that will hold me off until the start of the season.

  2. Wendy Etherington

    Thanks, Barbara, for the great blog, as always. And, Lisa, so glad you liked No Holding Back. Liz and I are hard at work on the 2nd book in the trilogy. It’s nice to know we got off to a good start! And, wow, oh, wow, for Lucy’s cover! :-)

  3. Barbara Vey

    Hi Mimi, Welcome to the blog. Basically it’s women’s fiction, but we talk about all kinds of books here. On Wednesdays I have a group of ladies that read the books that authors and publishers send me and they write blurbs about them. Purely from a readers point of view. It’s to give more exposure to as many of the books out there as possible. Fridays I write about what I’ve read for the week and invite you all to comment on what you’ve been reading. The other days cover all different topics usually relating to books. Yesterday it was about book dedications and not just romance. So feel free to talk about the books you like and I hope you post again.

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