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I was doing some musing this morning, and figured it was high time for a Monday Musings post. So get pen and paper ready to write down some announcements and tidbits that are going to fill you up with knowledge for the week to come.

Happy Memorial Day

First and formost, I have to give a quick salute to our soldiers. All gave some, some gave all and some are still giving. Whether you are a veteran who has returned home, a soldier far from home, or a new angel welcomed home, I salute you all and what you do for our country. Don’t just remember them today, they deserve more than that. Remember them every day! Without you, I would not have the books I so passionately loved, and that would be a sad world indeed.

God Bless you all and to all the families who feel the pain of knowing a soldier. A Marine’s daughter sends her love and prayers.

Quote of the Week

There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love. – Christopher Morley

Schedule for this Week on Laugh Love Write

June 1- Belinda Roberts guest post

June 6-Matt Dunn guest post

Both authors will be continuing our theme on Characters, so look forward to what they have to say. There will also be some reviews and daily memes.

Helen Hollick Coming Soon to Laugh Love Write

Helen Hollick, author of The Forever Queen and I am The Chosen King, has also written one swashbuckling adventure saga, full of high seas adventure and rum drinking pirates. The month of July will feature reviews of Helen Hollicks fantastic series beginning with Book 1; Sea Witch. As a fantastic finale to the month, I will be interviewing Helen on the 29th of July and she might just stick around for a few questions from fans and potential readers. Also…a give away might be on the cards too. So mark your calendars and be ready to walk the plank with Helen Hollick.

Joke of the Week

This is the third in a series of lightbulb jokes, so be sure to check back for a new lightbulb joke that will lead to the next one until the group of jokes mold together.

How many mystery writers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Two.  One to screw it almost all the way in, and the other to give it a surprising twist at the end.

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Releases in Romance Fiction May 31

Guarding a Notorious Lady by livia Parker
The Time Weaver by Shana Abe
Ransom by Julie Garwood
Hey, Good Looking by Fern Michaels
Someone to Watch Over Me by Judith McNaught
Scarlet Nights: An Edilean Novel by Jude Deveraux
The Sins of Viscount Sutherland by Samantha James
Captive of My Desires by Johanna Lindsey
Embrace the Night by Crystal Jordan
Perfect Harmony by Nora Roberts
Blood Ties by Sharon Sala
Heartbreaker by Julie Garwood
The Promise of an Angel by Thomas Nelson
My Dangerous Pleasure by Carolyn Jewel
Lady of Seduction by Laurel McKee
The Devil Who Tamed Her by Johanna Lindsey
Just Like Heaven by Julia Quinn
The Reluctant Vampire: An Argeneau Novel by Lynsay Sands
Creed’s Honor by Linda Lael Miller
Demon by Kristina Douglas
Make Mine a Bad Boy by Katie Lane
The Outlaw Viking by Sandra Hill
Beg for Mercy by Jami Alden
The Marriage Game by Fern Michaels
Blood of the Wicked by Karina Cooper
Trace of Fever by Lori Foster
Kiss of Snow by Nalini Singh
Devil Without a Cause by Terri Garey
Bodyguards in Bed by Nancy Warren
Beach Lane by Sherryl Woods
The Darkness Beyond by ALexis Morgan
Wicked Lies by Lisa Jackson
The Darkest Sin by Caroline Richards
The Mermaid Garden by Santa Montefiore
Lord Langley is Back in Town by Elizabeth Boyle
Why I Love Singlehood by Elisa Lorello and Sarah Girrell
Dangerous by Diana Palmer
Night Watch by Suzanne Brockman
Too Wicked to Love by Debra Mullins
Feel the Heat by Lorie O’Clare
The Last Twilight: A Dirk and Steele Novel by Marjorie M. Liu
Sinful Magic by Jennifer Lyon

 

Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.
So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

If I can write it, I can cope. – Allende

(How many of us use writing as a coping mechanism? As a way to get through our trials and tribulations, as a way to sort through our confuzzled brains and bring out something sane, as a way to bear the burdens of our pain? I do! I began writing through the pain of watching a mother battle with cancer. When did you start writing?)

Joke of the Week

This is the second in a series of lightbulb jokes, so be sure to check back every Monday for a new lightbulb joke that will lead to the next one until a group of jokes mold together.

How many publishers does it take to screw in a light bulb?

Three. One to screw it in. Two to hold down the author.

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Releases in Romance Fiction for March 15

Anastasia’s Secret by Susanne Dunlap is coming out in paperback, but that’s about it.

Recap of Last Week’s Review(s)

Sins of the House of Borgia by Sarah Bower

A Notorious Duke
An Infamous Duchess
An Innocent Girl

Violante isn’t supposed to be here, in one of the grandest courts of Renaissance Italy. She isn’t supposed to be a lady-in-waiting to the beautiful Lucrezia Borgia. But the same secretive  politics that pushed Lucrezia’s father to the Vatican have landed Violante deep in a lavish landscape of passion and ambition.

Violante discovers a Lucrezia unknown to those who see only a scheming harlot, and all the whispers about her brother, Cesare Borgia, never revealed the soul of the man who dances close with Violante.

But those who enter the House of Borgia are never quite the same when they leave—if they leave at all. Violante’s place in history will test her heart and leave her the guardian of dangerous secrets she must carry to the grave.

Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs

SHE LOST EVERYTHING SHE LOVED.
HE HAD EVERYTHING SHE NEEDED.
BUT COULD SHE FIND THE COURAGE TO TRUST HIM?

Stepping from a battered coach on a rainy April eve, newly widowed Elisabeth Kerr must begin again, without husband or title, property or fortune. She is unafraid of work and gifted with a needle, but how will she stitch together the tattered remnants of her life? And who will mend her heart, torn asunder by betrayal and deception?
   Elisabeth has not come to Selkirk alone. Her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr, is a woman undone, having buried her husband, her sons, and any promise of grandchildren. Dependent upon a distant cousin with meager resources, Marjory dreads the future almost as much as she regrets the past. Yet joy still comes knocking, and hope is often found in unexpected places.
  Then a worthy hero steps forward, rekindling a spark of hope. Will he risk his reputation to defend two women labeled as traitors to the Crown? Or will a wealthy beauty, untainted by scandal, capture his affections?
   The heartrending journey of the Kerr women comes to a glorious finish in Mine Is the Night, a sparkling gem of redemption and restoration set in eighteenth-century Scotland. 
 

 

Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

“The most solid advice for a writer is this, I think: Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough”
 William Saroyan quotes (American Writer known for his stories celebrating the joy of living in spite of poverty. 1908-1981)

Joke of the Week

We are starting a light bulb series of jokes, so be sure to check back every Monday for a new light bulb joke that will lead to the next one until a group of jokes mold together.

How many science fiction writers does it take to change a light bulb?

Two, but it’s actually the same person doing it. He went back in time and met himself in the doorway and then the first one sat on the other one’s shoulder so that they were able to reach it. Then a major time paradox occurred and the entire room, light bulb, changer and all was blown out of existence. They co-existed in a parallel universe, though.

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Releases in Romance Fiction for February 7

Ok, so Borders is who I base my release list off of and it would seem there are no new romance releases set for today or tomorrow. So give your money a breather and attack that TBR pile until next week.

Recap of Last Week’s Review(s)

The Case for Falling in Love by Mari Ruti PhD

Description from Sourcebooks Inc:
Are you tired of reading book after book and playing game after game, trying to avoid heartbreak? It seems impossible, and maybe that’s because you can’t lock up your heart like that—not if you want the real thing. And maybe that’s one of the best things about love.

We’ve been thinking about it all wrong. Our culture’s insistence that women need to learn how to catch and keep a man is actually doing much more harm than good. The more we try to manipulate our relationships, the less we are truly able to experience love’s benefits and wonders.

Love is a slippery, unruly thing, and trying to control and manage it robs us of its delicious unpredictability.

Sure, letting go of the reins a bit might mean a broken heart, but heartbreak, in fact, offers a wealth of possibilities—creativity, wisdom, and growth—that we need in order to make the most of our lives.

Liberating for women who are frustrated by the idea that they just need to learn the right “formula,” The Case for Falling in Love shows that there isn’t a method to mastering the madness of love. But that might be exactly what’s so wonderful about it.

My Review can be found here.

Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

This week we have a few quotes…The theme of them all is the ‘P’s of writing: Power, passion, pain and pleasure of the written word.

“Writing eases my suffering… writing is my way of reaffirming my own existence.”
 Gao Xingjian quotes
 
“I lived to write, and wrote to live”
 Samuel Rogers quotes
 
“Writing is a form of personal freedom. It frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. In the end, writers will write not to be outlaw heroes of some underculture but mainly to save themselves, to survive as individuals.”
 tryingpluto Don Delillo quotes
 
“Writing is easy: All you do is sit staring at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”
 Gene Fowler quotes
 
“If I don’t write to empty my mind, I go mad.”
 Lord Byron quotes

“I must write it all out, at any cost. Writing is thinking. It is more than living, for it is being conscious of living.”
 Anne Morrow Lindbergh quotes
 
“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”
 Anais Nin (My Personal Fave)

Joke of the Week

I went to a bookstore and asked the saleswoman, “Where’s the self-help section?”
She answered, “If I tell you, it will defeat the purpose.”

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Releases in Romance Fiction for February 1st

Animal Magnetism – Jill Shalvis
Storm of Reckoning – Doranna Durgin
Nightshade – Michelle Rowen
Before the Storm Marian Perera
Connecticut Weddings – Kim O’Brien
Sold to the Highest Bidder – Donnal Alward
Thief of Light – Denise Rosetti
Everyone Loves a Hero – Marie Force
The Werewolf Upstairs – Ashlyn Chase
The Crossing – Gilbert Morris
A Betting Chance – Lynne Connolly
Dancy’s Woman – Lori Copeland
Primal – Lora Leigh
All of You – Dee Tenorio
The Salt Maiden – Colleen Thompson
Icebreaker – Deirdre Martin
Biting me Softly – Mary Hughs
Mists of Velvet – Sophie Renwick
A Table for Three – Lainey Reese
Ohio Brides  – Cara C. Putman
Plain Jane – Fern Michaels
Lady in the Mist – Laurie Alice Eakes
Jenna and Jonah’s Fauxmance – Brendan Halpin
Raven’s Quest – Anya Bast
Work of Heart – Cindi Meyers
The Seduction of His Wife – Tiffany Clare
Darkness Dawns – Dianne Duvall
Deadly Games – Cate Noble
Indiana Cousins Trilogy – Wanda E. Brunstetter
Moonstruck Madness – Laurie McBain
Million-Dollar Amnesia Scandal – Rachel Bailey
Marrying Daisy Bellamy – Susan Wiggs
Halfway Hexed – Kimberley Frost
The Blackmailed Bride – Mandy Goff
Reaper’s Justice – Sarah McCarty
Moon Burning – Lucy Monroe
Paper Doll – Janet Woods
The Best of Friends – Susan Mallery
Bad Karma – Theresa Weir
My Love, My Enemy – Jan Cox Speas
Her Ladyship’s Companion – Evangeline Collins
Siren’s Surrender: A Dark Tide’s Novel – Devyn Quinn
Pride and Passion – Jenna Bayley-Burke
The Mistress’ House – Leigh Michaels (review Coming Soon)
First Grave on The Right – Darynda Jones
Blood of the Rose – Kate Pearce
Raider’s heart – Marcia Gruver
Turbulence – Dana Mentink
On the Hunt – Gena Showalter
An Invitation to Sin – Jo Beverley
No Longer Mine – Shiloh Walker
The Outlaw’s Return – Victoria Bylin
Captive – Christina Phillips
Blood Wyne – Yasmin Galenorn
An Accidental Greek Wedding – Carol grace
Save the Date – Thomas Nelson
Secrets: A Novel – Jude Deveraux
A Billion Reasons Why – Kristin Billerbeck
The Perfect Play – Jaci Burton
Beyond Paradise – Kathleen Mix
Fierce Eden – Jennifer Blake
Visions of Magic – Regan Hastings
Rio – Georgina Gentry

Recap of Last Week’s Review(s)

Darcy and Fitzwilliam; a tale of a gentleman and an officer by Karen V. Wasylowski

A gentleman in love cannot survive without his best friend…
Fitzwilliam Darcy and Colonel Fitzwilliam couldn’t be more different, and that goes for the way each one woos and pursues the woman of his dreams. Darcy is quiet and reserved, careful and dutiful, and his qualms and hesitations are going to torpedo his courtship of Elizabeth. His affable and vivacious cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam is a military hero whose devil-may-care personality hides the torments within, until he finds himself in a passionate, whirlwind affair with a beautiful widow who won’t hear of his honorable intentions.

Cousins, best friends, and sparring partners, Darcy and Fitzwilliam have always been there for each other. So it’s no surprise when the only one who can help Darcy fix his botched marriage proposals is Fitzwilliam, and the only one who can pull Fitzwilliam out of an increasingly dangerous entanglement is Darcy…

(Interview with the author coming soon – and possible give away)


Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

“Do not read, as children do, to amuse yourself, or like the ambitious, for the purpose of instruction. No, read in order to live.”
— Gustave Flaubert

(I can honestly say I read in order to live…can you? Romance books, especially, are known as escapist literature, mainly because they allow you an escape outlet from your mundane life. Sometimes, a life becomes to much bear, things like cancer, bills, pain and suffering enter into your life and you grab onto the one thing you can clutch by the tips of your fingernails, an escape route, persay. For me? That is books. I lose the pain in a good book and live through it. I live.)

Joke of the Week

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his English class one day. “In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages, though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. However, there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.”
A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah, right.”

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Releases in Romance Fiction for January 25

Simply Forbidden – Kate Pearce
Shadow Touch: A Dirk and Steele Novel – Marjorie M. Liu
The Countess – Lynsay Sands
Dragon Warrior – Janet Chapman
Archangel’s Consort – Nalini Singh
Nothing but the Truth – Carsen Taite
Death Echo – Elizabeth Lowell
When Beauty Tamed the Beast – Eloisa James
Pride and Pleasure – Sylvia Day
Wild Man Creek – Robyn Carr
Scandal of the Year – Laura Lee Guhrke
The Bewitched Viking – Sandra Hill
Deadly Heat – Cynthia Eden
Burning Darkness – Jaime Rush
Unveiled – Courtney Milan
Maggy’s Child – Karen Robards
Sinful Harvest – Anitra Lynn McLeod
At Hidden Falls – Barbara Freethy
Captive Heart – Anna Windsor
Merciless – Mary Burton
Tainted by Temptation – Katy Madison
Notorious Pleasures – Elizabeth Hoyt
The Perfect Mistress – Victoria Alexander
The Endless Forest – Sara Donati
Night Betrayed – Joss Ware
Loose Ends – Tara Janzen
Hunter’s Moon – Karen Robards
Here to Stay – Catherine Anderson
His, Unexpectedly – Susan Fox
Sizzle – Julie Garwood
To Tempt a Rake – Cara Elliot
Highland Master – Amanda Scott
A Secret Affair – Mary Balogh
Restless Heart – Emma Lang
Between Friends – Debbie Macomber
Raziel – Kristina Douglas

Books I Reviewed Last Week

The Werewolf Upstairs by Ashlyn Chase

Petty crime never looked so good…

Alpha werewolf Konrad Wolfensen sees it as his duty to protect the citizens of Boston, even if it means breaking into their businesses just to prove their security systems don’t work. But when his unsolicited services land him in trouble with the law, he’ll have to turn to his sexy new neighbor for help.

She should know better…

Attorney Roz Wells is bored. She used to have such a knack for attracting the weird and unexpected, but ever since she took a job as a Boston public defender, the quirky quotient in her life has taken a serious hit. Until her sexy werewolf neighbor starts coming around…

Fierce Eden by Jennifer Blake

She was living in fear…

Beautiful, young widow Elise Laffont embraces her freedom during the daylight hours, running the farm she loves so dearly, but the night brings with it painful reminders of the torment she endured at the hands of her abusive husband. Fate may have taken her husband, but it hasn’t erased the scars he left, and Elise wonders if she will ever be able to bear the touch of a man again.

He was a man torn by desire…

From the moment he laid eyes on the beautiful widow, Reynaud Chevalier wanted her. When disaster offers him the chance to claim her as his own, Reynaud seizes the opportunity to bind Elise to him, unaware that behind her determined bravado lays a heart shattered by the past.

(I am including both of these in my Challenges too – Just Click on the Titles on the challenge page to see the actual reviews)

Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

“If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page” – Mark Houlahan

(Got some New Years Resolutions? Then why not try keeping this quote in mind, If you want to change something in your life, accomplish something or strive for something…you must first realize that you can, in fact, do it. )

Joke of the Week

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire to become a great writer.
When asked to define great, he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”
He now works for Microsoft writing error messages.

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Releases in Romance Fiction for January 11 and 15

Timeless – Alexandra Monir
Tiger’s Curse – Colleen Houck
Love on Assignment – Cara Lynn James
Surrender Bay – Denise Hunter
Other Words for Love – Lorraine Rosenthal
It all Began in Monte Carlo – Elizabeth Adler

One Bite Stand – Nina Bings
Wicked Beauty – Susan Lewis
Charley’s Web: A Novel – Joy Fielding

Some Books I Reviewed Last Week
I Dream of Genies by Judi Fennel

He needs to change his luck, and fast!

Matt Ewing would gladly hunt down a fortune in lucky pennies if he thought it would help save his business. But for all his hoping, Matt’s clueless when his long-awaited lucky charm falls in his lap in the form of a beguiling genie. He just can’t believe that this beautiful woman could be the answer to his prayers…

She’s been bottled up for far too long!

Spending 2,000 years in a bottle would make any woman a little stir-crazy. So when Matt releases Eden from her luxurious captivity, she’s thrilled to repay him by giving him the magical boost he needs…

But for all her good intentions, Eden’s magical prowess is a little rusty and her magical mistakes become more than embarrassing. And though Eden knows falling in love will end her magic and immortality, she can’t help but be drawn to the one man who wants her just for herself…

Kiss at Your own Risk – Stephanie Rowe

He needed a killer woman…

Blaine Underhill is one lucky man after having recently escaped a century and a half of imprisonment at the hands of an evil witch. Now he’s determined to save his still-enslaved friend, but in order to do so, he’ll need the help of one of the world’s most lethal women.
She was drop dead gorgeous, literally…

Trinity Harpswell is sick and tired of being a Black Widow. Having managed to go three years without accidentally killing anyone she loves, she’s one short week away from freeing herself from this killer curse forever.

When Blaine tracks her down and convinces her to help him, little does Trinity know that the next seven days are going to be murder!

(I am including both of these in my Reading Bucket List Challenge too – Just Click on the Titles to see the actual reviews)

Give Aways

Currently we have one give away going – The Perfect Bride for Mr. Darcy by Mary Lydon Simonsen. Seriously check it out and enter to win before the deadline. Ever wondered what Anne De Bourgh was really like? Or Georgiana Darcy? Was there just too many coincidences in the connection between Darcy and Lizzy? Well try this new take on Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. You can see my review of it here. I loved it.

A lot of people are going back to work/school or have gone back to work/school today so you need some serious distractions to get your mind off the Monday blues… so here ya go, without further adieu your Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster your courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

Quote of the Week

“I am not an editor of a newspaper, and shall always try to do right and be good so that God will not make me one.” – Mark Twain

(Writers out there…be sure to thank your editors. They really do have a hard job. Good editors are hard to come by and great editors are certainly few and far between, so if you have one…let them know you’re thankful)

Joke of the Week

Ode to the Spell Check
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It cam with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew!
New Romance Releases Out Today – January 3

How to Marry a Duke – Vicky Dreiling
Sins of a Highland Devil – Sue-Ellen Welfonder
How Sweet it is – Sophie Gunn
My Immortal Assassin – Carolyn Jewel

But there are a whole lot coming out tomorrow – So check out your favorite bookstore.

THE WINTER SEA BY SUSANNA KEARSLEY – IN STORES DECEMBER 2010
History has all but forgotten…
In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.
Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.
But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth—the ultimate betrayal—that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley is our current Give Away, so be sure to enter for your chance to win this amazing time-travel romance that will keep you absolutely captivated and emotionally invested the whole story long. You can read my review of The Winter Sea, check out my interview with the author, or simply enter the contest and read the book for yourself.
Have a nice week,
Write On!

Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

“Books! I dunno if I ever told you this, but books are the greatest gift one person can give another.” – BONO

(For Christmas this quote is something everyone should pay attention to. It doesn’t matter who you are shopping for…a book is always the best gift anyone can ever give or receive)

Joke of the Week

Three men: an editor, a photographer, and a journalist are covering a political convention in Miami. They decide to walk up and down the beach during their lunch hour. Halfway up the beach, they stumbled upon a lamp. As they rub the lamp a genie appears and says “Normally I would grant you three wishes, but since there are three of you, I will grant you each one wish.”
The photographer went first. “I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a huge house in St. Thomas with no money worries.” The genie granted him his wish and sent him on off to St. Thomas.
The journalist went next. “I would like to spend the rest of my life living on a huge yacht cruising the Mediterranean, with no money worries.” The genie granted him his wish and sent him off.
Last, but not least, it was the editor’s turn. “And what would your wish be?” asked the genie.
“I want them both back after lunch,” replied the editor, “the deadline for tomorrow’s newspaper is in ten hours.

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)
Being that it is Christmas week…I am not going to have a new release list because they tend to be pre-released books. But I urge you to go out and buy some books. It is a well known fact that books are the best gift of all…well almost the best gift.

The Wolven by Deborah LeBlanc

I just reviewed this amazing ending to The Keepers trilogy; The Wolven. Check out my review here and read the back of the book below.

Someone—or something—is systematically murdering the members of Danyon Stone’s werewolf pack. As Alpha, he knows that finding and punishing the murderous entity is his responsibility, and he’s not about to rest until he sees justice done. But to stop the slayings he has to accept help from the most unlikely source—a wickedly sensual mortal woman.

Mystic-shop owner Shauna MacDonald has a special interest in the recent string of otherworldly deaths. As the Keeper of the werewolves, it’s her duty to guard and protect the packs. Working by Danyon’s side to stop an unknown killer—and trying to deny the potency of their illicit attraction—poses a threat to her heart unlike any she’s ever known; and if she becomes the killer’s next target, it could be the death of her….

Give Aways

We have two give aways going at the moment Wolf Fever by Terry Spear and Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell, so be sure to enter for your chance to win this werewolf romance that will keep your hackles raised and your blood pumping…or…this epic take on a beloved classic that will have you chasing after a cowboy Darcy who is just as dreamy as the original.

Monday Musings… things to daydream about and bolster our courage for the week ahead. Here are some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.

So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.”
— G.K. Chesterton

(Isn’t that just so true? Fiction is everything that creates and inspires for me. It motivates, captivates and exonerates me from the chains of reality. Fiction gives me wings.)

Joke of the Week

Q. If you were lost in the woods, who would you trust for directions: the publisher who prints everything you write, an agent, or Santa Claus?
A. The agent. The other two indicate you are hallucinating.

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

*I might have had this joke a couple of weeks ago but drawing closer to Christmas I just had to use something with Santa*

New Romance Releases Out Today – December 13 – 14

The Doctor’s Daughter – Amy Blizzard
Major Daddy – Eva Swain
From Wine to Water – Carolyn Brown
Southern Star – Phyllis Humphrey
The Detour – Rosemarie Naramore
Courting Sparks – Esther L.Jiran
Demon Rumm – Sandra Brown
Tutored – Allison Whittenberg
Goodnight Tweetheart – Teresa Medeiros
White Satin – Iris Johansen

WOLF FEVER by TERRY SPEAR—IN STORES DECEMBER 2010

She may be his destiny, but she’s not his first choice…
Hospital nurse and newly turned red werewolf Carol Woods is being pressured by her pack leader to find a mate, but he’s the only guy in the pack who remotely attracts her… Why is he playing so hard to get?

The fate of the pack rests on his shoulders…
Gray pack leader Ryan McKinley doesn’t want anything to do with Carol unless she’s willing to embrace her wolf nature—no matter how beautiful she is.

But when a virus infects the local lupus garou pack, Ryan realizes just how wrong he’s been not to seize the moment with the woman he’s come to love. And now, it may be too late…

Wolf Fever by Terry Spear is our current Give Away, so be sure to enter for your chance to win this werewolf romance that will keep your hackles raised and your blood pumping. You can read my review of Wolf Fever, check out my interview with the author, or simply enter the contest and read it for yourself.

And the Winners Are

 

I just wanted to say a quick congratulations to the two winners of Grace Burroughs’ The Heir give away…

*Drum roll please*

Yippeee for my blogging friend Crystal over at the Reading Between the Wines Book Club and another Yippeee to a faithful reader and previous winner; Robyn Lee. Congrats to you both, I can’t wait to see what you think of it.

Have a nice week,
Write On!

Monday Musings are back to deter us from thinking about the often times foreboding sense of it being the first day of the week. Some no nonsense tidbits that don’t require you to think too hard and encourage you to look forward to that lunch break, or train ride, or glass of wine by your comfy chair that allows you to pick up that book you long to immerse yourself in and totally get lost from the work world.
So, on Monday’s like this one, you will get a quote of inspiration about reading and writing being the wellspring of life (among other things) as well as an incomprehensive list of some upcoming releases and whatever else I can think of.

Quote of the Week

In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.”
— Mark Twain

(Oh my gosh I have absolutely felt that way. Have you? You know, walked into a room filled with books and just reveled in the feel of being in their presence, soaking up the words before you even open a page?)

Joke of the Week

A screenwriter comes home to a burned down house. His sobbing and slightly-singed wife is standing outside. “What happened, honey?” the man asks.
“Oh, John, it was terrible,” she weeps. “I was cooking, the phone rang. It was your agent. Because I was on the phone, I didn’t notice the stove was on fire. It went up in a second. Everything is gone. I nearly didn’t make it out of the house. Poor Fluffy is–”
“Wait, wait. Back up a minute,” The man says. “My agent called?”

(Got any good writing/book related jokes? Share them via comment or email and be rewarded with an extra three entries in the current give away)

New Romance Releases Out Today – December 7

Dakota Cassidy – You Dropped a Blonde on Me
Jo Davis – Ride the Fire
Jasmine Haynes – Mine Until Morning
Karen Erickson – Playing With Fire
Lynn Kurland – Star of the Morning
Allison Chase – Outrageously Yours
Mary Balogh – A Matter of Class
Rosemary Goodwin – Fleeced in Stonington
Lora Leigh – Nauti Nights
P.C. Cast – Goddess of Legend
R.F. Long – Songs of the Wolf
Jane Beckenham – Romeo for Hire
Gerry Bartlett – Real Vampires Have More to Love
Cheryl Holt – Dreams of Desire
Bertrice Small – The Border Lord and the Lady
Michelle Beattie – A Pirate’s Possesion
Mandy M. Roth – The Valkyrie
Sharon Dunn – Night Prey
Maya Banks – No Place to Run
Robin D. Owens – Heart Fate
Rebecca York – Day of the Dragon

Pemberley Ranch by Jack Caldwell – In Stores December 2010

When the smoke has cleared from the battlefields and the civil war has finally ended, fervent Union supporter Beth Bennetreluctantly moves with her family from their home in Meryton, Ohio, to the windswept plains of Rosings, Texas. Handsome, haughty Will Darcy, a Confederate officer back from the war, owns half the land around Rosings, and his even haughtier cousin, Cate Burroughs, owns the other half.

In a town as small as Rosings, Beth and Will inevitably cross paths. But as Will becomes enchanted with the fiery Yankee, Beth won’t allow herself to warm to the man who represents the one thing she hates most: the army that killed her only brother.

But when carpetbagger George Whitehead arrives in Rosings, all that Beth thought to be true is turned on its head, and the only man who can save her home is the one she swore she’d never trust…

“It’s Pride and Prejudice meets Gone with the Wind—with that kind of romance and excitement.”
—Sharon Lathan, bestselling author of In the Arms of Mr. Darcy

Ok, so I just published my review to this novel on the Suite101 online magazine and whew I really loved it and simply had to share. I love my Austen, and tend to be a little prejudiced of adaptations of my favorite Austen work; Pride and Prejudice. But, wow! Jack Caldwell pulled it off smashingly well. I have never read anything like Pemberley Ranch. It was amazing. Sharon Lathan put it perfectly when she said it is Pride and Prejudice meets Gone with the Wind. The southern American Darcy is just as cute as the British one and I was simply captivated by the intricate and slightly different plot line.

Well, I guess I shouldn’t say more otherwise I would be writing a-whole-nother review. SO check out my review and stay tuned on December 20th for a guest post from the author; Jack Caldwell and a give away of Pemberley Ranch.

Have a nice week,
Write On!