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#RomancingSeptember Days 10 and 11

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Still going crazy around here, this time with Createspace issues, but trying my best to catch up. I certainly don’t want to forget about Rosie Amber & Stephanie Hurt, and their lovely September event. Day 10’s featured author is Lizzie Lamb, and Day 11’s is Adrienne Vaughan. (Don’t forget to check both blogs, as the questions are different.) And please remember to pay it forward! Thanks!

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 10 with Lizzie Lamb
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 10 with Lizzie Lamb

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 11 with Adrienne Vaughan
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 11 with Adrienne Vaughan

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff)

#RomancingSeptember Day 12

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#RomancingSeptember is approaching mid-month, and going strong, with lots of wonderful authors giving us insight into what and how they write. Today’s featured author is Monica La Porta. Check out both of her interviews! And please share with all the usual suspects. 🙂

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 12 with Monica La Porta
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 12 with Monica La Porta

#RomancingSeptember Days 7, 8, and 9

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In all the sturm und drang of the weekend, sorting out the mistake I made on Amazon, I didn’t have a chance to post links to these latest three #RomancingSeptember author interviews–for which I apologize profusely. Here they are for those checking out this entertaining group of writers. Day 7: Pamela Beckford, Day 8: E. L. Lindley, and Day 9: F. J. Thomas.  Hope you’ll share their interviews in all the usual ways. Thanks! Remember, when it’s your turn, we’ll do the same for you. 🙂

Rosie Amber – Pamela Beckford: #RomancingSeptember Day 7
Stephanie Hurt – Pamela Beckford: #RomancingSeptember Day 7

Rosie Amber – E. L. Lindley: #RomancingSeptember Day 8
Stephanie Hurt – E. L. Lindley:  #RomancingSeptember Day 8

Rosie Amber – F. J. Thomas: #RomancingSeptember Day 9
Stephanie Hurt – F. J. Thomas: #RomancingSeptember Day 9

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff )

#RomancingSeptember Days 5 and 6

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So sorry I didn’t get to this yesterday. Spent the whole day trying to get Finding Hunter ready for CreateSpace, with a few formatting glitches that Word just wouldn’t let me correct! Grrrrr.

BUT. Never fear, here are the links to Saturday’s featured author, Georgina Troy, and today’s, V. Steele. Check them out, and  please remember to share.  Thanks!

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 5, Georgina Troy
Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 6, V. Steele

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 5, Georgina Troy
Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 6, V. Steele

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff)

#RomancingSeptember Day 4 with Michelle Betham

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September is turning out to be a very romantic month, and I’m loving it. Hope you guys are enjoying these  posts, too. Today’s featured author is Michelle Betham, and you can find her interviews (different) here:

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 4, Shirley Valentine Goes to  Vegas

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Across the World Day 4

Happy reading, and be sure to share everywhere you can. These authors will love you for it!

(Originally posted on The Write Stuff)

#RomancingSeptember Day 3

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Hope you guys are enjoying meeting these authors as much as I am. Today’s #RomancingSeptember guest is #LindaLeeWilliams, and you can read her two interviews here:

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 3 – Old Town Nights

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Across the World – Day 3

Happy Reading, and don’t forget to share!

#RomancingSeptember Day 2

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Today’s featured author is Helen Hollick. Another interesting interview, and plenty of info about historical fiction. Check it out, and please share both this post, and the posts on these two sites. Again, we’re Writers Helping Writers, and we will do the same for you. Happy reading!

Rosie Amber: #RomancingSeptember Day 2 – Helen Hollick

Stephanie Hurt: #RomancingSeptember Day 2 with Helen Hollick,

#RomancingSeptember with Rosie Amber & Stephanie Hurt

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Today is September 1, and that means…tada!…#RomancingSeptember has begun. Thirty days, thirty authors featured on two different blogs, answering two different sets of questions. I have been invited to take part, and my post is scheduled for September 30. I hope you’ll all read it, but PLEASE don’t wait for me. There are some wonderful writers being featured (I’m so lucky to be in the mix!) and you’ll want to meet one each day.

I will be posting the links daily to both Rosie Amber’s blog and Stephanie Hurt’s blog, and you can check each of these authors out for yourself. I predict you’ll learn something from each one of them, find some new books to read, and have a lot of fun along the way.  (You’ll also find two new blogs to follow, as well.)

Today’s featured author is Melissa Foster. Here are the links to her posts:

Rosie Amber:  Romancing September Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Stephanie Hurt: Romancing September Across the World Day 1 – Melissa Foster

Hope you enjoy learning about Melissa Foster, and please remember to share these posts everywhere you can. Remember, it’s all about Writers Helping Writers, here.

Have a great day!

Today’s Guest Blogger: The Esteemed Mr. Pounce

 

Mr. Pounce

All right, fine.

I can’t believe my mistress talked me into this.

Blogging, I’ve never been party to a more absurd task in my thousand years, and yet here I am, blogging. Praise be to all the gods for this vocal recognition software, otherwise she’d be on her own. Imagine a post from me if she forced me to type. I assume it would appear quite a bit like this: EIT*(YE_PIJDFikop89)_#*)#*)@(Q!*)__+

While I’m sure there are some alien nations to whom that would make perfect sense, the less-than-civilized human race probably can’t make heads or tails of it at all.

And you call yourselves clever. Hmph.

Right, blogging.

Ugh, just saying that word out loud makes my teeth clench. I can’t believe I agreed to this. I don’t even know what I’m supposed to talk about here, or why any of you would even care what I, a once great sorcerer of the Midsummer Empire, have to say. That was so long ago, and I don’t like to talk about it, so don’t ask.

I don’t suppose you want to hear about the bird I watched in the bath for a three hours this morning, do you? It was lovely. Bright red, its wing black-tipped. Completely unaware of my dutiful inspection, I would have caught it had someone left the door open so I could slip out. Then again, maybe not. The master frightened it away with his triumphant bellow from the study.

He finished his novel. Whoop de doo. Maybe one of them will finally clean out my litter pan.

Now she’s staring over my shoulder, reading the words as they appear on the screen as if she can’t hear me speaking them. Snoop. Can’t a cat get any privacy? Out with you, vapid human. To the market for my sardines. I am blogging, and I can’t do it with you eavesdropping.

Ha! She’s offended. Good! It’s not like I ask to listen to all her telephone conversations. The least she can do is leave me alone while I’m broadcasting to the world.

Alone at last, I suppose I should finally tell you who I am, but I am loathe to speak those words aloud. I detest my name. For the last six years I’ve suffered beneath its playful implication, enduring the sing-song caterwaul as she scratches beneath my chin and asks, “What should we do today, Mr. Pounce? Would you like a ponytail holder to bat around the kitchen? Do you want to watch me paint my toenails?”

Because cats love nothing more than to sit around watching paint dry. Please.

Do not call me Mr. Pounce. I implore you. Who names a cat something so dreadful? Who?

If only she knew how absurd she was. How ridiculously insufferable… And yet, I adore her. Don’t tell her so, please. If she ever knew I felt this way about her, she’d never let me live it down. She’d be impossible to live with, always asking for cuddles and kisses, and while I do tend to enjoy the occasional snuggle (I can’t believe I just said that out loud, where is the delete-audio function on this thing?) it would only give her the wrong idea if she knew I actually liked her affections.

I suppose that’s why this curse, the one that forced me from my body into this dreadful feline form so long ago, is apropos. I once thrived on the affections of others; unfortunately those others did not always belong to me, and it was my own lack of self-control that landed me where I am today. Perhaps one day I will tell that story to the master, so he can write it down in one of his books, or maybe I’ll blog it.

Blog. Ugh.

I suppose this isn’t so bad, really. I do love the sound of my own voice, but you know what I’d love right now best of all? A nap. I think it’s time for me to take one. Yawn, and stretch, and all of that. Be gone with you, now, but don’t forget to indulge in the story about my mistress, Siren. Well, really it’s a story about yours truly. I am in it, therefore ‘tis about me, and that is what makes it a good story.

Go on now, off with you. There’s a nice stream of sunlight pouring through the dining room that’s going to be perfect for my snooze.

Mr

To find out more about Mr. Pounce pre-order a copy of Jennifer Melzer’s Siren from Amazon.com. You can also pre-order signed paperbacks from Jennifer Melzer.

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Jennifer Melzer

Fantasy author Jennifer Melzer enjoys spinning elements of the fantastic with strands plucked from the heart. She spent most of her life denying the romantic overtones sewn into her fiction, but awoke one morning and realized every single tales she’d spun somehow revolved around the heart. She has since given into the whim, spinning yarns woven from heartstrings. 

She currently resides in Northeast Pennsylvania with her husband, daughter and a houseful of dragons she must train regularly to keep them from setting fire to the curtains. Nightly she dreams she is laying on the beach watching stars burst over the Atlantic Ocean.

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Wednesday Author Interview: Paty Jager

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Today, Bookin’ It would like to welcome versatile writer Paty Jager. Paty, it’s so nice to have you here with us. Let’s get started with you telling us a bit about about how you became a writer. When did you decide that’s what you wanted to be, and what steps did you take to prepare for a writing career?  Read more…

Wednesday Author Interview: Meet Susanne Bellamy!

 

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One Night In Sorrento

Today, I’d like to welcome romance author Susanne Bellamy to Bookin’ It. Susanne, we are delighted to have you here, and can’t wait to get to know you better. Let’s get started! Tell us a bit about how you became a writer. When did you decide that’s what you wanted to be, and what steps did you take to prepare for a writing career?

SB: Most writers, unless advanced in their careers, are a writer plus something else. Let’s face it, most writers don’t actually make a ‘living’ wage so we mostly write in our spare time and work to support our writing habit. I’m a teacher as well as a writer. That being said, I love being able to add “I’m a writer” when people ask what I do. Read more…

The Second Time Around: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

NOTE: Lest new blog followers think I never review anything that doesn’t have a vampire or werewolf in it, I thought I would re-run a couple of older posts on books of other types. And never fear, I do plan to read newer books in different genres, too. There are several things in my To Be Read basket that are most assuredly not Urban Fantasy. But for now, I’m going to do a few “Second Time Around” posts, starting with my all-time favorite book by my all-time favorite author. Enjoy!!

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MY RATING: 5 of 5 Stars

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”

So opens one of the great romantic mysteries of all time, written by my very favorite author, Read more…

A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries Book 1

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I don’t know what to say about this book, except that it wins my award for the most wonderful surprise of the past year, perhaps.  I really don’t know if I can do A Hidden Fire justice in a review. It’s that good. Read more…

Poem of the Day by Sara Teasdale

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The Look

* Sara Teasdale *

Strephon kissed me in the spring,
Robin in the fall,
But Colin only looked at me
And never kissed at all.

Strephon’s kiss was lost in jest,
Robin’s lost in play,
But the kiss in Colin’s eyes
Haunts me night and day.

Poem of the Day by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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How Do I Love Thee

* Elizabeth Barrett Browning *

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday’s
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood’s faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, — I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! — and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

NOTE: With Valentine’s Day (and coincidentally, my wedding anniversary) fast approaching, I thought maybe some poems of love would not go amiss.  And of course, when thinking of poems of love, How Do I Love Thee must surely be among the first to come to mind.  Enjoy!

Steel’s Edge by Ilona Andrews

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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

I have often said that the husband and wife team of Ilona Andrews simply can’t  write a bad book–just varying degrees of good ones.  There was nothing in Steel’s Edge to change my mind about this.  The only thing about it I didn’t enjoy Read more…

Falling Together by Marisa de los Santos

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My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

I didn’t think it was possible to love a book more than I loved Marisa de los Santos’ first book, Love Walked In,   but I was wrong.  Falling Together is the most profoundly beautiful love story I’ve read in years…maybe ever. The sheer poetry of the language, combined with the astonishingly beautiful portrayal Read more…

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier

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My Rating:  5 of 5 Stars

Written in 1997, Cold Mountain remains one of my favorite books of all time.  A modern day classic set during the Civil War, it details the long journey home of a Confederate soldier who has recovered from serious injury, and knows Read more…

Love Walked In by Marisa de los Santos

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MY RATING:  5 of 5 Stars

There are readers out there more worldly and cynical than I,  perhaps, who manage to find fault with this book, but for me, it was one of the best surprises I’ve come across in years.  The title makes it sound like sappy, frothy Chick Lit.  It is anything but!  The story of Cornelia, who has gone through life looking Read more…

Spellcrossed – Barbara Ashford

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MY RATING:  5 of 5 Stars

This sequel to “Spellcast,” which I reviewed here last week, was entertaining to the very last page.  I won’t say it captivated me quite as thoroughly as the first book, but that’s probably because it was a continuation of the same story, and I was already familiar with the world and the characters involved.  I can definitely say that I was very glad to have read Book 1 with Book 2 waiting in the wings.  I NEEDED to know how it was all going to turn out, and in that, “Spellcrossed” didn’t disappoint.

For one thing, it was quite clear why Read more…

The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

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MY RATING:  3 of 5 Stars

I wanted to love this book…it had so many great elements going for it. But sadly, the first half of the book was way too long and too slow for me. I normally quite like character studies and really delving into what makes people tick, but this book carried that too far, and I was nearly ready to stop reading many times. In fact, I’m not sure why I continued, except Read more…

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

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MY RATING: 5 of 5 Stars

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again…”

So opens one of the great romantic mysteries of all time, written by my very favorite author, the incomparable Daphne du Maurier.  Over the years, I read every one of du Maurier’s books, and while they were all wonderful, vividly written stories, Rebecca is undoubtedly the most beautiful.   I always felt Daphne du Maurier dipped her pen into a bowlful of images,  and drizzled them down the pages.  Her descriptions are so vivid and real, you can smell the azaleas, feel the mist on your face, and hear Read more…

Quote #5 – Barbara Ashford

“Remember that he loves you, that you are his heart, that he will carry you with him all the days and nights of his long life. Remember how much you love him, that it’s not merely an echo of his feelings, but as real as the sun on your back and the tears on your face.”

  –Helen to Maggie, Spellcast

Quote #4 – Janet Evanovich

“Last time you called me late at night you were naked and chained to your shower curtain rod. I hope this isn’t going to be disappointing.”
    –Ranger to Stephanie Plum,  High Five (Stephanie Plum, No. 5)

Spellcast by Barbara Ashford

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MY RATING:  5 of 5 Stars

I finished this lovely book at 12:45am last night, and I am embarrassed to tell you how emotional I was by the end of the story.  It actually kept me awake a long time, as I pondered what might lie ahead for these very engaging and, in the case of Rowan MacKenzie, charismatic, characters.  Yes.  I admit it.  I fretted.  Over fictional beings.  But isn’t the whole purpose of writing to make the reader care?  I think it is.  And I think Barbara Ashford did just that, so the book rates very high with me.  I don’t give out 5 stars very often.  The plot line & characters have to be quite strong, and even more importantly, the writing must be very, very good, if not downright lyrical.

I will confess that I wasn’t sure when I first started reading.  I like musical theater probably more than most, but Read more…

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