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WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- August 6th, 2013

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This past weekend I was asked to do a workshop for brand spanking new authors at The Business of Writing International Summit in Louisville, KY.  I shared duties with Sheila Clover English and we talked about author etiquette, a whole other blog subject.  Meet absolutely lovely people and am now enjoying the week in Kentucky.  Thanks for all the suggestion on what to do here.  Meanwhile, the WW Ladies have been enjoying a few books.

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Joan

Joan

My Big Fat Demon Slayer Wedding by Angie Fox

Read by Joan

Lizzie Brown was adopted and raised by a prestigious family in Atlanta, Georgia. When she goes looking for her biological family she discovers her grandma turns out to be not only a witch but belongs to a coven of over 25 Harley riding biker witches. Lizzie determines that her life as a properly raised southern, elementary school teacher is not her true calling, but that she is actually a demon slayer. When she meets and chooses to marry very handsome Dimitri, she is already worried about how her adoptive society mother will take finding out about her being a demon slayer, grandma being a witch, or that her fiancé and his family are shape-shifting Griffins.

This is the fifth book in the series and it is light and entertaining. I love the characters and the fact Lizzie can understand and carry on a conversation with her dog, Pirate. Since I was a small girl I have believed in magic, so throw in voices and ghosts and demonic symbols on the wedding grounds, and MBFDSW feeds happily right into my imagination.

 

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joysann

joysann

His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta

Read by joysann

Willie G., also known as the Clockwork Canary, and the most popular reporter of Britain’s scandal sheets, has promised readers a fantastic, sensationalist exclusive report on the search for an invention of historical importance by Simon Darcy, of that notorious and unfortunate scientific family. Unknown to everyone, including Simon, the disguised Willie G. is really Wilhelmina Goodenough, the secret lost love of Simon’s youth, and she really doesn’t want to be there. But she helps with Simon’s dangerous quest through catacombs and in the sky for a most ambitious prize which could change the world – again.

The Glorious Victorious Darcys series started with Her Sky Cowboy, and Beth Ciotta’s inventive steampunk alternate world is an amazing place to visit. I read these two books one right after the other, pausing only for the e-novella in between to round out the story. I’m loving the characters, all of them, and find I’m delighted with the world’s premise and the action and romance that kept me enthralled.

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Heidi

Heidi

Death, Taxes and Hot Pink Leg Warmers by Diane Kellykelly

Read by Heidi

Tara Holloway is hot on two IRS cases: She has to be undercover at a strip club to bring down the owner and their illegal activities. And she has to go to trial to bring down the “Tennis Racketeers” who have cheated lots of people out of millions of dollars. But the biggest reason she’s hot is because she has to spend one month seeing if Nick is the one for her, or if her past boyfriend Brent is the one she was supposed to be with. All of this action and going with her boss for daily workouts in hot pink leg warmers equals a wild ride for Special Agent Tara!

Tara’s back and better than ever!! Between her two cases and her constant struggle not to jump Nick’s bones, makes for a great end of summer read for me!! I don’t know which I enjoy more, the action, the humor, or the thought of Tara falling in love with her hot pink leg warmers. All I do know is that I have a constant smile on my face when I read all about Tara’s latest adventure, and I can’t wait for the next one!!

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Olivia

Olivia

Kissing Booth by Beth Reekleskissing

Read by Olivia, 13

Even though Elle hasn’t been asked out on many dates, she doesn’t think she is ugly or is as pretty as the other girls in her school. Elle has her best friend Lee and they would never date. When Lee and Elle run a kissing booth for their school’s carnival, Elle has to fill in. The thing is Elle never kissed a guy, especially not her best friend’s big brother.

I am going to tell you that this is one crazy, funny and classic love story in my view and I love that the author is only 17. If you need a novel to read in a long boring car ride, definitely read Kissing Booth.

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Michelle

Michelle

Havana Lost by Libby Fischer Hellmannhavana
Read by Michelle

Havana Lost spans the time of three generations and the distance between Cuba and Chicago.  A young woman in Havana, Frankie Pacelli falls in love.  Her lover is part of the revolution fighting for Fidel Castro to gain power.  Frankie’s father Tony has arranged a different marriage.  Frankie runs off with her new lover Luis Perez, her choice starts an avelanche of pain and loss through the generations for Frankie and those she holds dear.

An intriguing novel in an exotic setting that thrilled my sense of adventure.

Bottom Line:  Today is National Root Beer Float Day and you can get free floats at A&W, so I’m off to locate one in Kentucky.

 

WW Ladies Book Club Blurbs

Barbara Vey -- June 20th, 2012
I’m headed off to a reader focused event tomorrow and I’m thrilled.  You never know what a reader will say, so you always get the most honest, sincere, passionate responses.  RomCon is held in Denver and aims to please romance readers of every kind.  I’ve never been to Denver, so let me know what I shouldn’t miss there.  Meanwhile, here’s what the WW Ladies have been reading and listening to.
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Heidi

Heidi

Honorable Intentions by Catherine Mann

Read by Heidi
Major Hank Renshaw is a combat veteran who has made a death bed promise to his buddy, Kevin. Take care of his wife Gabrielle. Duty and honor has called him to make up for his promise, even when he’s been in love with Gabrielle from the first time he met her. But since she was Kevin’s girl, he never stepped in. Now Kevin is gone, and Gabrielle is struggling to make ends meet while taking care of her sickly son, a child that Kevin never knew about. Hank is there to help, and hope for a future with her.
Hank and Gabrielle swirled around in this story from guilt, to obligation, to sense of duty to the child, to possible love. It was an interesting mix of emotions that caused the characters to look at the past as well as the future. Also, Hank is a billionaire, which makes for twists and turns that cause more conflict with the love they have for one another.
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Stacey

Stacey

Overseas by Beatriz Williams

Read by Stacey
Two stories.  Sparks fly when Kate meets powerful hedge fund CEO Julian Laurence.  Their connection is immediate, abrupt, dangerous and takes Kate by surprise.  The potential of their relationship could change her life forever, taking her out of the security of the life and career she knows.  In the other, a young American widow named Kate fights her way through war torn Amiens, France to find a young British soldier named Julian.  She has information that will change the course of his life…if she can only get him to believe her.  These two stories are connected, and tell of a love that crosses time, contintents and seas.
Beautiful writing, wonderful characters and a story that has stayed with me long after I was done.  Beatriz Williams has spun a powerful tale of loss, time, and most importantly, of love.  I can’t believe this was a debut, and am very much looking forward to what she does next.
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joysann

Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

Read by joysann

Tish Everett has been called to an alternate reality through an antique locket that held a magical attraction she couldn’t resist. The Victorian-ish world she finds herself in is populated with blood drinking humans and fauna. The Bluds, as they are known, are feared, persecuted and exploited, and Tish allies herself with the dashing and magical travelling show ringmaster, Criminy Stain, to seek to both freedom from an evil ruler and a way to send Tish home.

Both unusual and entertaining, I found Wicked As They Come a page-turner from start to finish, I greatly enjoyed the creative descriptions of the people and places, and was charmed by the interaction between the main characters. The introduction of Criminy Stain was easy enough to visualize, and a fine picture he makes. I highly anticipate the next Blud Novel.

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Heidi

Heidi

Death, Taxes, and a Skinny No-Whip Latte by Diane Kelly

Read by Heidi
Tara Holloway is a hot shot investigator for the Criminal Investigations Division of the IRS and is in the toughest case of her career. Marcos Mendoza is a seedy loan shark with connections in Mexico. He looks completely clean on paper. But Tara and her partner Eddie must continue to dig to find the illegal activity. She can’t tell anyone who she is close with who is investigating and why, because she can’t take a chance on putting them at risk. Brett, her boyfriend is very worried for Tara, but not as worried as she is for herself.
I enjoyed this book so much!! I preferred Tara’s character so much more than other women crime fighters. I laughed out loud when Tara was attacked in a laundry mat because she seemed like an easy target, and instead pulled out her gun and arrested him while undercover. Not to mention a flasher, a killer, and her cravings for lattes!! I can’t wait to read more of Tara!! She’s awesome!
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joysann

The Proposal by Mary Balogh

Listened to by joysann

War hero Hugo Emes, Lord Trentham, needs a wife, and he glibly promises to marry the first eligible lady he encounters. That turns out to be the widowed Lady Muir, Gwendoline, whom he finds fallen on a rocky beach with a severely sprained ankle. Hugo, finally recovered from the injuries of battle, reluctantly carries the lady back to the estate at which he is a guest, where they begin to learn they can support and strengthen each other.

There is, of course, so much more to the story, and Mary Balogh doesn’t fail to deliver it in the wonderfully romantic manner which we’ve come to expect. Reluctant lovers and devoted friends abound in this series about a small group of aristocrats touched by the Napoleonic Wars. The Proposal is the first in The Survivor’s Club Septet, and I know I will enjoy every one as they are released.

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Bottom Line:  The Denver Visitor site’s motto is Denver: Truth or Dare…hmm.