Yesterday proved to be an extraordinary day on Twitter as Jane Litte of Dear Author started a trending topic with Women in Publishing (#womeninpublishing). People from all over quickly picked up the pace by giving a shout out about the women they appreciate in the industry. Meanwhile, Galleycat is compiling the Women in Publishing Twitter Directory. Go there to follow all the movers and shakers in publishing and if you find someone is not listed, you can add their name to the comments section.
I’d like to thank Angela James, Executive Editor at Carina Press for her kind words about me, “@barbaravey, who’s shown us all u can take a passion for something,reinvent yourself & make it successful @ any age.” Katiebabs added, “@barbaravey shows poise and respect for the publishing industry.” Lauren Dane put me in the category of “women who talk about publishing in a cogent & informative way.” And to all the others who echoed this sentiment, thank you. I am moved beyond words to be placed with all the amazing women in this category. Go follow them all, add your name to the list and make this community even stronger.
Since I’ve been attending a lot of conferences lately, there hasn’t been time for the WW Ladies to talk about their books, so we have a lot of them today. Enjoy!
Bewitched & Betrayed by Lisa Shearin
Read by joysann
The struggles continue between Raine Benares with her family and friends against the evil factions, both elven and goblin, who are determined to annihilate the race of the other. The fulcrum is the Saghred, a gem stone capable of unimaginable magical power and destructive force. Problem is, it’s bonded itself to Raine so only she can control it… that is, if it doesn’t manage to get control of her first.
Bewitched & Betrayed is an explosion of non-stop swashbuckling action, stupendous magical battles, and heart-tugging suspenseful romance. I’ve been enchanted with the series since seeing the cover on the first book, and the stories haven’t failed me. This most recent is at least as charming and entertaining as the first. Best of all, every cleverly written page has something that makes me laugh.
Four Wives by Wendy Walker
Read by Heidi
Life isn’t always greener on the other side of the manicured lawn. Hunting Ridge is the perfect modern suburban upscale community to the outside. But inside the homes of Love Welsh, Gayle Beck, Marie Passeti, and Janie Kirk, the truth is far from perfect. As the women come together to plan a big event for the charity that Gayle is on the board for, the truth of their lives and struggles for each of them start to unravel the perfect image they feel they need to keep.
Secrets, careers, affairs, marriages, motherhood and lust all weave together in a delicate blend in the daily life of these four women. An older book, I know, but it caught my attention from the start and never let go until the very end. A wonderful summer read!!
Her Last Chance by Michelle Albert
Read by Loretta
A swiftly moving, fascinating, sexy story brings together two people trying to solve the crimes committed by thieves, whose main aim is stollen art works. Vincent is an FBI agent working to catch the thieves, while Claudia is employed by a firm of mercenaries who wish to recover the art work itself. Their decision to work together to achieve their individual goals brings them into more dangerous and exciting situations than either of them expect, falling in love being the furthermost in their minds.
Schemes, plots, intrigue, dangerous scenarios, exciting traps and sultry love passages are all encompassed in the pages of this book keeping me turning its pages. My only wish was that it could have been longer!
Insatiable by Lauren Dane
Read by Kate
Carina Fardelle’s father, Ciro, holds the position of Supreme Commander of the Imperial Universe. Carin’s father has decided to marry her off to an odious man without any care for her feelings. The Federation Military Corps try to keep the peace and have a close eye on the Imperial territory. Daniel Yaws, the leader of the secret Phantom Corps, will help smuggle Carina out to safety. But Daniel is in for a big surprise because Carina is not some weak woman and is more than willing to do whatever it takes to help those in need and to stop power hungry men like her father who kill to get what they want.
I would say that Insatiable is also a great suspenseful thriller where the chase will leave some readers breathless. Borderline erotic, and sensual definitely comes to mind when reading the ways Daniel and Carina love one another. You can’t go wrong with Lauren Dane and Insatiable is a perfect example why.
She’s Gone Country by Jane Porter
Read by Denise
Shey Darcy is a 39 year old former top model leading a very charmed life in New York City. When her husband tells her he fell in love with someone else, she moves back to her hometown of Parkfield Texas with her sons to try to pick up the pieces of her once happy life. In walks her strict Southern Baptist mother, her overprotective brothers and ex-crush, Dane Kelly, a national bull-riding champ.
True to life problems with 3 pre-teen and teen boys, can lead to some serious issues, especially if those boys are taken from the big city and put in a country town. Captivating tale that had me craving more Jane Porter.
Small Change by Sheila Roberts
Read by Jan
The Pacific Northwest’s little town of Heart Lake is home to three ‘best buds’, friends from the subdivision and proponents of the oh so true adage: ’girl friends make the best shrinks’. Rachel Green, a ‘somewhat bitter’ divorcee with two lovely children and a former husband who spends his child support money on his new trophy wife.
Tiffany Turner, nail specialist at the local salon recovering from two miscarriages. Jessica Sharp, wife of a local banker and former rock musician. All three have major (to them) money issues to face and set out to solve them in innovative ways.
Sheila Roberts has ‘hit the nail on the head’ addressing the past few years recession and she has done it with a great sense of humor. I found myself laughing out loud at some of the situations these gals found themselves in and came away thinking how easily this could happen to all of us.
Table Manners by Mia King
Read by Heidi
Deidre McIntosh has reached successful heights in business with her own TV show and now launching a new gourmet line of cookies and treats. She has been dating Kevin Johnson, a wealthy son of an established family, and things are looking great! But Kevin’s sister can’t stand her and wants her out of her brother’s life for good. And she is working with Kevin’s ex to help her succeed. Deidre must stick to her principals, in order to win.
Deidre is a character I wish I was friends with in real life. She’s funny, smart, creative and the kind of friend we all wish we had. I was rooting for Deidre all the way, and almost read the entire book in a day while sitting outside enjoying the summer day.
Pleasurably Undone by Christine Merrill, Michelle Willingham, Louise Allen, Terri Brisbin, Diane Gaston
Read by joysann
Pleasurably Undone contains five hot, romantic historical short stories: in Seducing a Stranger by Christine Merrill, a man and a woman each have their own objectives, but who is seducing whom? Anticipating a specific reward, a stolid Viking warrior keeps his female Irish captive unsullied as a gift for his king in Michelle Willingham’s The Viking’s Forbidden Love-Slave. Disrobed and Dishonored by Louise Allen has a reluctant fiancée learning the secrets of love from a dashing masked highwayman. Terri Brisbin gives the groom and bride of a marriage of convenience an unexpectedly passionate love-match in A Night for Her Pleasure . And lastly, The Unlacing of Miss Leigh by Diane Gaston has an inexperienced woman responding to an advertisement for a mistress.
Each of these provocative scenarios made for sexy stories that were a pleasure to read. I read each in one quick sitting when time was at a premium at the end of the day, and found them gratifying.
Bottom Line: I’m sorry to say I missed S’mores Day yesterday, but I promise to make up for it today by heading to the store for Graham Crackers, marshmallows and Hershey Bars…need to celebrate these holidays.