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New Releases Tuesday!

Barbara Vey -- December 10th, 2013

 

I know this is only the beginning of winter, but I feel like I’ve been cooped up in this house forever.  How is it that summer passes in the blink of an eye, but winter seems to hang on forever?  Good thing new books are released every week to help ease the pain of winter.  Nothing like escaping to a nice, warm place while the fireplace blazes.

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The Principle of Desire by Delphine Dryden (Carina Press)

Blade to the Keep by Lauren Dane (Carina Press)

Elect by Rachel Van Dyken (Forever, E-Book)

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Branded by Étaín by Jianne Carlo   (Taliesin Publishing)

Don’t Touch by Barbara Taub (Taliesin Publishing)

Frostbitten by Becca Jameson   (Taliesin Publishing)

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How Zombies Stole Christmas by Sidney Bristol  (Taliesin Publishing)
Starry Night by Lea Griffith  (Taliesin Publishing)
The Hardest Ride by Gordon L. Rottman (Taliesin Publishing)

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Unmasking the Wolf by Christy Gissendaner  (Taliesin Publishing)

Ignited: Roman Holiday Book 5 by Ruthie Knox  (Loveswept)

Love the One You’re With by Lauren Layne  (Loveswept)

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Crazy For You by Juliet Rosetti  (Loveswept)

Blue Lines: The Assassins Series by Toni Aleo  (Loveswept)

Three Broken Promises by Monica Murphy ( RHPG – Bantam)

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The Great American Bachelor by Adrienne Staff  (RHPG – Loveswept)

The Last American Hero by Ruth Owen  (RHPG – Loveswept)

Taming The Pirate by Ruth Owen   ( RHPG – Loveswept)

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Hannah’s Hunk by Sandra Chastain (RHPG – Loveswept)

Imaginary Lover by Sandra Chastain (RHPG – Loveswept)

Winter Bride by Iris Johansen  (RHPG – Loveswept)

Bottom Line:  A pirate book!  Yay!  Ok, I’ve got a thing for pirates, who’s your favorite kind of hero?

WW Ladies Book Club

Barbara Vey -- December 4th, 2013

Joysann and I make quite the book club by ourselves today.  We can talk for hours about books and sometimes do.  If we put all the books we’ve read and listened to together, I wonder how large our library would be?  I think joysann and I would make spectacular book store owners.  We would be the ultimate hand selling team.  Take a look at what we’ve been reading/listening to this week.

Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Beauty Queen by Julia London beauty queen

Listened to by Barbara

Rebecca Leer is a former beauty queen, mother of a 5 year old and now divorced.  Problem is that no one can see past her beauty queen status.  Stocking up on self help books, Rebecca lives each day with an affirmation.  Taking a job with a political campaign seems just the ticket to getting some work skills.  Enter Matt Parrish campaign manager with political aspirations of his own.  Problem is that he can’t see past the beauty queen part of Rebecca.

I listened to this book on audio and found myself drawn into Rebecca’s frustrating world.  It’s not easy when everyone only sees you for the one thing you’d like to forget.  Julie London manages to make me not hate Rebecca for her beauty but see into the person she is inside.  The bingo rally was cute, but I found myself nitpicking over the numbers (bingo lovers will understand).  A pleasant and engaging audio book.

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joysann

joysann

Hidden Passions by Emma Holly

Read by joysann

Tony Lupone came out to his fellow cops and wolfpack mates a while back, and everyone is mostly cool about it. Firefighter weretiger Chris Savoy hasn’t opened that door yet, knowing the trouble it will cause with his less open-minded mates at the firehouse. But when the two of them come together, the heat is almost more than they can keep hidden, and sometimes fires become uncontrolled.

I’ve visited Emma Holly’s magical fantasy city of Resurrection, New York, before and have enjoyed the other Hidden stories that take place there. They’re all very imaginative and compelling, and absolutely scorching hot. Hidden Passions continues in that vein, with characters that are sympathetic and likeable, and storylines that keep me returning for more.

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Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Crazy for You by Juliet Rosetticrazy for you

Read by Barbara

Mazie Maguire was wrongly incarcerated for the murder of her husband, but since has been cleared of all charges.  That doesn’t mean that everyone believes it.  Trying to make a new start for herself, Mazie finds herself taking a job as a barista in a coffee shop where the workers uniforms are lingerie.  When Mazie’s ex, Ben Labeck,  finds himself the number one suspect in a murder investigation, Mazie uses all her ex-con knowledge to try and get him off the hook without falling for him again in the process.

Mazie is a klutz in the spirit of Stephanie Plum.  Well-intentioned, but weird things always seem to happen to her.  Luckily, she’s a take life by the horns kind of person that I want to know.  Quirky, delightful fun.  More Mazie please.

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joysann

joysann

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic by Emily Croy Barker  real magic
 
Read by joysann

Nora Fischer’s life is in the dumps, what with being ditched by her boyfriend and difficulties with her studies, so when she meets with beautiful people who find her beautiful as well, she is enchanted and reluctant to go home. But her world twists again when she discovers she really has been enchanted, trapped into another dimension, and is being used as a tool for the fey to break from their prison. Rescued by a dark, enigmatic and powerful magician, Nora must trust him and learn to use real magic herself to survive.

I found myself enchanted as well, both with the story and that dark, enigmatic magician. This début book is exciting, and I’m certainly hoping that there’ll be a sequel, because surely there must be more to this captivating story. If you liked A Discovery of Witches or City of Dark Magic, this is fantasy journey will appeal to you, too.

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Barbara Vey

Barbara Vey

Duke of Midnight by Elizabeth Hoytdukeofmidnight

Read by Barbara

Maximus Batten, Duke of Wakefield, is also one of the mysterious Ghost of St. Giles,  He has spent years tracking the murderer of his parents but one night comes face to face with lady’s companion, Artemis Greaves.  After discovering the identity of the Ghost, Artemis will stop at nothing to get him to free her imprisoned brother, even blackmail.

The Maiden Lane saga continues with this engrossing dark tale of mystery, suspense and love.  Let me just say that Elizabeth Hoyt continues to be an auto-buy for me.

Bottom Line:  Today is National Cookie Day and I’m happy to say I’ve already started celebrating.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WW Ladies/Men Favorite Books of 2012

Barbara Vey -- December 31st, 2012

There are best of lists popping up all over.  Best books, best movies, best fashions and more than enough worst lists, but we won’t go there.  Rather than name “Best Books,” we’re going with the WW Ladies favorite reads of 2012.  Now this doesn’t mean the book had to be published in 2012, it just means it had to be read in 2012.  In their emails to me, many lamented the fact that they could pick just one and it was a very difficult decision.  Kym absolutely couldn’t make up her mind.  Regardless, here’s what I finally got out of them.

 

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Heidi - Gnome on the Range, by Jennifer Zane

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SheilaSomebody to Love, by Kristan Higgins.

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joysann – This is too hard…  I don’t like to choose. There are just too many books I really enjoy a lot.  Print book: Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Audio book: I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

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Susan - The Emperor’s Conspiracy by Michelle Diener
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Kym –  I can’t do it! I loved Trisha Ashley‘s newest, Chocolate Shoes and Wedding Blues, just as I love all of hers. Really liked Grace Burrowes‘s Lady Louisa’s Christmas Knight and was also thrilled to discover Rena Gregory’s short story in the Five Golden Rings anthology.

 

 

 

 

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Joan –  If You See Her by Shiloh Walker 

 

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TammyFifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, I loved the whole trilogy as one story.

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MichaelTimeless (The fifth book in the Alexia Tarabotti series) by Gail Carriger (audio book)

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AshleyOne Night Rodeo by  Lorelei James

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I have to agree that’s it’s almost impossible to pick a favorite book I read this year.  There were many that I enjoyed, but the two I talked about most to people were The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti , a fun romp with an escaped but not guilty convict and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, a futuristic adventure that I couldn’t put down.  Neither were all romance, but did have romantic elements.

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Please take a moment to tell me the best book you read in 2012.  It won’t be easy, but I do like to get recommendations, as do all my readers.

Bottom Line:  Remember to check back tomorrow for the link to my new website…it’s launch day!!

Weekly Giveaways

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Life and Love on the Lam

Barbara Vey -- November 9th, 2012

What does an innocent escaped convict, a killer shih tzu, fuzzy jelly beans and cow manure have in common?  An exhilarating, rollicking adventure that never quits and a heroine that has you cheering her on all the way.

Every once in while you randomly pick up a book and it turns out to be just plain fun.  That’s what happened to me yesterday.  I wanted to download some e-books and NetGalley offers ARCs (advance reading copies) of books to reviewers.  The Escape Diaries by Juliet Rosetti popped out at me because of the tag line, “Life and love on the lam.”

I try not to read synopsis because I don’t want to know too much about the book, so I just dove in.

Mazie Maguire is serving life in prison for the murder of her two-timing husband.  The rub is, she’s innocent.  When a tornado blows through, Mazie has an opportunity to escape and try to find out who really killed her husband.

Sounds like it should be a thriller, but with Mazie’s luck it turns into a three ring circus.

I can’t say enough good things about this fun, delightful book.  It’s a quick read that will have you calling your friends to have them read it so you can all talk about it.  There’s a scene in a barn with a slimy farmer that had me laughing out loud.  It’s only in e-book form at this time and will be released December 10th.  I’m buying them for my sisters and nieces.

Juliet Rosetti is a debut author and from Wisconsin, so I may be a bit biased.  But it just tickles me when I read a book about the neighborhoods I know and the author gets it right.  The husband’s family is in plumbing, but anyone from around here will definitely see the similarities to Kohler.  There’s references to the Brewers, Bay View, National Ave. (my old neighborhood), the Oriental Theater, cheese and Lawrencia (Bambi) Bembenek.

Did you ever read a book because it was set in your town/state?  Did it make you like it more?  Was it fun to clearly see the scene because you know what they look like?

Note:  I did contact Juliet Rosetti and yell (nicely) at her because she doesn’t have a website and I couldn’t find her on Facebook or Twitter.  She says the website should be up soon.  Authors…get those websites up well before your book comes out so I have somewhere to send the readers.

Bottom Line:  Come check out my neck of the woods through the eyes of an escaped convict.