Monday, July 7, 2014

Guest Post With Amy Andrews, author of Risky Business




Title: Risky Business
Author: Amy Andrews
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Escape Publishing
Number of Pages: 257












From bestselling author Amy Andrews comes a new single-title romance about putting pleasure before business, and the risks we all need to take when we find someone worth risking everything for. 

Samantha Evans’s life is going to hell. Not only has she rage-quit her beloved, high-powered job, but she is suddenly afflicted by hormones, free time, and an unavoidable, unignorable, undeniably gorgeous irritant in the form of Nick Hawke, her extreme sports star neighbour, who has come home to take over the reins of his grandmother's second-hand bookshop. Sam needs something to keep her from begging for her old job back until she's good and sure her boss understands how wrong he was, and taking a low-risk, low-stress job helping Nick at the bookstore might be just the thing. 

After all, it's not like Nick is the right guy to help her with her hormones. He'll just be fun to look at while she searches for the one. 

Nick has six months to get over an injury before Everest and a big, fat contract beckon. That means no sports, no danger and, above all else, no risks. It means playing it safe. And Nick Hawke doesn’t do safe. So he’s going to need something to stave off the boredom while selling books he doesn't read to people who wouldn't know a carabineer from a crochet hook. What could be safer than hiring a cranky, unemployed accountant to help run the bookstore? Sam is efficient and methodical and messing up her neat, post-it note world could be a fun way to pass the time….

Risky Business mixes the classic romance of Philadelphia Story, the humour and wit of When Harry Met Sally, and a strong, contemporary Australian setting to create a delightful, irresistible, utterly satisfying treat of a novel.


Today I am lucky enough to have Amy Andrews, author of Risky Business here at A Buckeye Girl Reads! She's here today to talk about what inspired the setting of her book which takes place in a second hand bookshop.


The Bliss of a Bookshop
Risky Business is set in one of my favourite places in the whole world – a second-hand romance bookshop. In fact, I think my childhood primed me specifically to write this book!

You see, when I was a kid, one of the things I remember most about school holidays was being allowed to go with my mother to the second-hand bookshop. I loved that place. Thousands of spines staring down at me. Millions and millions of words. Row upon row of treasures sitting on rickety metal shelves. To this day I can still recall the wonderful smell of thousands of books. That magical aroma of ink on vintage paper.  

We kids were there for the comics – Archie and Jughead, Richie Rich and The Phantom were our favourites. But Mum was there for the romance novels. She’d trade in the ones she’d bought the previous week and pick up another dozen. Sometimes the owner had put some aside for her. Mum would then go on to select a bunch of paperback westerns for my father. He called them yippees. I have no idea if that was their correct nickname but that’s what we called them in our house. The first romance novel I read was from this shop. Also my first yippee.

So it was very easy for me to write Birdie’s second-hand romance bookshop in Risky Business. Easy to describe the rows of romance novels. Easy to have Nick incorporate yippees to put his manly stamp on things. Easy to have Sam tease him that westerns were romance novels for blokes just as I used to tease my Dad. Easy too, to create a community that has the shop as it’s central meeting point. Because books are universal. And book people get each other. 


Q: Do you have any good bookshop memories or stories?

Author Bio: 
Amy Andrews is a multi-published, award- winning author of 30+ romance novels across both traditional and digital platforms. She writes for Harlequin Mills and Boon, Entangled, Harper Collins Australia and Momentum Publishing. She's sold in excess of a million books worldwide and has been translated into over a dozen languages. In her spare time she is a PICU nurse and mother of two teenagers. She lives on acerage on the outskirts of Brisbane, Australia but secretly wishes it was the hillsides of Tuscany.










Where to Find Amy: 
website |  Facebook page

Where to find Risky Business: 
Goodreads | Amazon US | Amazon AU | Amazon UK | iBooks | Google Play | Kobo Books


Tour Stops:
Monday, July 7th: A Buckeye Girl Reads - guest post
Tuesday, July 8th: The Romance Dish - Q&A
Wednesday, July 9th: Cruising Susan Reviews
Thursday, July 10th: Romancing Rakes for the Love of Romance - spotlight
Saturday, July 12th: Romancing the Book
Monday, July 14th: Harlie’s Books
Wednesday, July 16th: Babbling About Books, and More! - guest post
Thursday, July 17th: The Reading Date - guest post
Tuesday, July 22nd: Girl meets Books - guest post
Wednesday, July 23rd: Reading in Black & White - review and guest post
Thursday, July 24th: Schmexy Girl Book Blog

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Review: His Mistress By Monica Burns

 

Title: His Mistress
Author: Monica Burns
Publisher: Maroli SP Imprints
Number of Pages: 297
Source: My Copy















When Tobias Lynsted is blackmailed into marrying Lady Jane, neither realize they both belong to the same BDSM club, the House of Dark Pleasures. Tobias is haunted by dark secrets, until Jane becomes both his salvation and the mistress of his soul.

One man’s submission to pleasure

As a solicitor seeking justice for victims of violence, Tobias Lynsted must maintain control at all times while working in the seedy underworld of London’s East End. The darkness of his world creates a need for the intimacy and release he can only find in the forbidden pleasure of submission in the House of Dark Pleasures. The kind of pleasure where a powerful man has the freedom to let go of his control for a few sweet moments of oblivion under the command of a lovely Domme. But when a blackmail scheme forces him to marry, the last thing he expects in a wife is a woman who will satisfy the darker side of his nature and make him yield to her command.

One woman’s awakening

Lady Jane Grisham has no desire to marry, but choosing marriage over a life of destitution is an easy choice to make. Although Jane knows love is for the foolish, Tobias awakens her most wicked and darkest of desires. But Tobias is also a threat to her secret life in the BDSM establishment, the House of Dark Pleasures. In the sinful world of domination and submission, Jane finds refuge from the repressive constraints of society by making a man surrender to her will. Her face hidden behind a mask, Jane uses her blossoming skills to make Tobias surrender not only his body, but his secrets as well. But she quickly discovers that the greatest test of her strength is trusting Tobias with her heart 
A passion that overcomes the darkness of the past.

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I read this book because I was in the mood for a historical romance but wanted something a bit different, and this fit the bill perfectly.  Before this book I had been in somewhat of a historical romance book slump never making it past the 40%  mark, so I was so relieved when this one stuck. This was just a wonderful, moving read.  This was one mother fucker (That's for you Nikki. She pretty much dared me to say that.) of a great read.

What I enjoyed was that while this book had elements of BDSM, it wasn't the whole book and it still stayed true to the time period that the book took place.  Both the main characters have so much to overcome-Tobias is convinced that Jane wouldn't be able to accept his lifestyle if she knew the truth about what he liked, and the same goes for Jane-she thinks that Tobias wouldn't let her continue having her freedom if he knew.   I loved watching them both grow as characters, but I wanted Jane to tell Tobias her secret much sooner then she did, but can see why she held back from doing so.


His Mistress is a breath of fresh air in the world of historical romance. It's sexy and kinky without being too sexy and kinky and a great place to start if you want a taste of BDSM, but don't want anything too graphic. This is one book that you really want to take a chance on.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Getting Ready for RAGT: Blogger Lounge!



June is almost here, which means the Lori Foster Annual Reader Author Get Together is right around the corner! I've been going down to West Chester (which is a suburb of Cincinnati) for the last couple of years, and love catching up with bloggers and authors who I've been lucky enough to meet. This year however, there is something new and exciting in the works: Blogger Lounge. Along with Literary Escapism,   Barclay Publicity, Joyfully Reviewed, Blogging by Liza, we'll be hosting the first ever RAGT Blogger Lounge in Suite 120, which should hopefully be a giant party. We have quite a bit planned and all of it is based on the idea of getting authors, readers, and bloggers all together in one room.

Here's the schedule:

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS
  • If You Don't Invest in Your Brand, No One Else Will Either. (Friday at 10am) This round table get together is ideal for aspiring and debut authors. Danielle Barclay, owner of Barclay Publicity will give tips for building an author brand and explain why it's so important. Topics include learning how to identify your unique selling points to develop your author persona, building a branded website, creating a newsletter, engaging fans with social media and more. (Giveaways) Moderators: Danielle Barclay (Barclay Publicity)
  • The Author-Blogger Relationship (Friday at 11:30am) Calling all aspiring and debut authors! Learn the best way to approach a blogger when requesting a review or tour stop and why it's so important to build relationships. Industry experts will reveal tactics for running a successful blog tour, hosting a giveaway, how to genuinely engage and build a reader fan base, and how keep those relationships strong. Moderators: Jackie (Literary Escapism)
  • Social Media Interaction (Saturday at 10am) Getting Bloggers & Readers together to swap ideas and talk books. What do Readers want to see--what things do they like/dislike for features, what do they look for when they read reviews, etc? As well as how to maintain a well-run blog. Wordpress vs Blogger. Understanding Stats. Maybe a "how to" of sorts for newer bloggers/authors/readers who have questions. Learn the best way to use social media, as well as how to grow your fanbase. (Giveaways) Moderators: Liza (Blogging by Liza) & Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
#RAGTLIVE We'll be hosting 6 interview sessions, and even if you can't make it to RAGT, you'll be able to watch them live via Google Hangouts OnAir. This should be a really fun session as each one is broken down by genre.
We have room in the Historical and LGBT #RAGTLive sessions, so if you're an author who's attending RAGT and would like to participate, let us know! I am working on setting up another session to feature some of the authors who were hoping to get on a few of the maxed out panels, but I won't know for sure until after RT. GENRE LOUNGES The best way to describe The Genre Lounges is this: Come by the Blogger Lounge and meet authors/reviewers/readers of certain genres (both Adult, NA, & YA) in a relaxed, informal setting. Many authors write in multiple genres, so don't be surprised if you see one in multiple lounges; but the goal was to offer a time to meet authors/reviewers/readers of a specific genre at one time. If all you read is science fiction or LGBT fiction (for example), it can be hard to distinguish these authors from everybody when everyone is together. At the same time, if you're a Erotica or Historical author, it can be hard to figure out which blogger reviews those genres. We're hoping the lounges will allow an easier time for everyone to find these answers. The Genre Lounges will take place directly after the corresponding f#RAGTLive session.
  • Erotica (Friday at 1p)
  • Fantasy, Paranormal, SciFi (Friday at 4:30p)
  • Historical (Saturday at 11:30a)
  • Contemporary Romance (Saturday at 2:30p)
  • LGBT Romance (Saturday at 5:30p)
For any reviewer/blogger who is willing to commit to attending one of the Lounges, your site name will be included on the Blogger Lounge welcome banner, which will be situated at the door. Just let one of us know and send your site button to jackie @literaryescapism.com. SOCIAL EVENTS
  • Bar Night! (Friday at 9p) It's never a con without spending a little time in the bar, so before heading to bed, join Literary Escapism and Blogging by Liza for a night cap and a little socialing!
  • Book Boyfriend Bingo (Saturday at 8p) Mingle with readers, bloggers, and authors while matching up your favorite book boyfriends/covers from popular books during a fast paced round of Book Boyfriend Bingo. There will be giveaways and prizes! Moderator: Barclay Publicity
  • Game Night with Cards Against Humanity and more! Socialize with other readers while playing Cards Against Humanity, Apples to Apples, Headbandz, and other card games, board games, etc. Moderator: Literary Escapism

Press Room:

What's a Blogger Lounge without a press room? After all, we're all here to see our favorite authors and meet some new ones. For anyone who would like the chance to meet one on one with any of the fabulous authors attending RAGT, request some time in the press room! To reserve time in the Press Room, simply fill out this form here and Jackie will send a confirmation once that time has been scheduled.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Review: Alien Collective by Gini Koch




Title: Alien Collective
Author: Gini Koch 
Publisher: DAW Books 
Series: Katherine "Kitty" Katt #9 
Genre: Science Fiction 
Number of Pages: 519
Source: Publisher














Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don’t want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried.

 Alien Collective opens a year after Alien Research, and everyone is still reeling from actions that took place there. Everyone is still having trouble with what happened, and I liked that those events weren't ignored or just brushed aside and forgotten. I just wanted to give Chuckie a great big hug throughout the book. My feelings have come along way since he was introduced. I can't believe I didn't like him for at least 3 books! He's now one of my favorites. One of the things I love best about this series is that Gini does a great job of recapping past operations that Kitty and everyone has been on. There was a lot of that going on in this book, but honestly, it's book 9 and my memory isn't what it used to be so I'm glad they were there--otherwise I think I would've been a bit lost. I also love how all the characters I've come to love (and hate *cough*Amy*cough*) make an appearance some way or another in this book. That's say a lot, considering how big the cast has gotten!  


Jeff has come a long way from being head of the field department, and is now being considered as a possible vice presidential candidate. That doesn't stop the action from finding Kitty-new enemies along with some old ones, pop up making life harder for everyone.  Actions from past books come back to haunt them and they have to answer for them. I wondered when that would happen-and once again I loved how not everything is easy for the gang. They have all come a very long way since Touched By An Alien. 

This book took me longer then usual to read, but that was because I was busy thinking and taking notes the whole time I was reading and I haven't done that in a long time. That is mainly because I am being driven crazy trying to figure out who the mastermind could be. Heck, even Reader and MJO (Mister Joel Oliver) made my list at one point.  I love that just as soon as you think you what direction the story will take, you are thrown loop after loop and nothing ever turns out the way you think it will.


Alien Collective  does not work at all as a stand alone, and I now am going to have to do a re-read of the entire series for clues as to who the mastermind is, lets just say that Universal Alien can not come out soon enough for me! (You think being the authors assistant would give me a little edge in the clue department, but nope, it gives me none!! Can you believe that????)

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

How to Master Your Marquis by Juliana Gray


Title: How to Master Your Marquis
Author: Juliana Gray 
Publisher: Berkley 
Number of Pages: 292
Source: Netgalley 









Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown—until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe...

Of all her sisters, Princess Stefanie is by far the least amenable to law and order, which is why she’s appalled to find herself masquerading as an unbearably drab clerk for the most honorable barrister in England. But her dull disguise turns out to have its privileges: namely, the opportunity to consort unchaperoned with her employer’s exceedingly handsome nephew, James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield.

Hatherfield quickly realizes that his uncle’s spirited new clerk is, in fact, a lovely young woman of daring habits. The outwardly impeccable marquis isn’t about to reveal her deception. After all, he’s hiding a dangerous secret of his own. But when one too many escapades with the madcap princess bring Hatherfield’s troubled past to light, it is only Stefanie’s sharp wits that stand between the marquis and utter disaster, and only Hatherfield’s daring that can save the princess from the shadowy agents bent on finding her.



 I tried and tried with this one, but could get pas the first three chapters. I think this might be because I didn't read book one in the series, and felt no investment at all in the sisters plight, and just found the whole thing slightly unbelievable, and normally I'm ok with that, but this time I just couldn't force myself to finish the book. Every time I went to read this one I found myself stopping in the same place, unable to go any farther. The writing was good, I just didn't connect to the characters for whatever reason. I really hate it when that happens! 

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Character Interview & Giveaway with Gini Koch





I am lucky enough to have Kitty-the Ambassador from A-C  here to answer a few questions. Her newest adventure, Alien Collective is book 9 in the series and releases today!  There is a rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the interview open internationally, of one book, winners choice between books 1-8 of the series! Just leave a comment of which book you'd like to win & why. 



Despite not having run for office, nor wanting to remain in office, Representative Jeff Martini is being wooed as the vice presidential running mate for a charismatic senator who seems likely to win the campaign. While the Diplomatic Corps has to deal with the pressures of a political campaign sure to uncover secrets they don’t want shared with the world, Ambassador Kitty Katt-Martini has other worries—handling the reemergence of her most potent nemesis, thought dead and buried







1.  Kitty, Out of all the operations you've been on so far, do you have a favorite & a least favorite one?

Gosh. I’d have to say that Operation Fugly is probably still my nostalgic fave, since that’s how I met the gang from A-C in general and Jeff in particular. Of course, Operation Confusion is a nostalgic fave, too, because we got Jamie at the start of that one.

Least fave so far is easy – Operation Infiltration. We took a lot of damage in that one, and the repercussions look to be never ending.

2.  Who do you think the mastermind is, Kitty?

Babe, if I knew, I’d have already kicked their butt back to the stone age. All I’ve got is that it’s someone we’re not suspecting. Most of my suspects are dead, so I got nothin’, but you’re free to guess. The Creator says that, one day, we’ll know…and we won’t be enjoying that day…

3.  What kind of adventures can we expect to see in Alien Collective?

Traitors, and bombs, and androids, oh my. The return on a lot of characters from previous books. Mayhem. Ronnie’s Kids. New talents. And, Prince. Lots and lots of Prince. He’s all kinds of thrilled that he finally made the cover, but I can absolutely say that he earned it. And, modestly spoken, perhaps my most eclectic playlist yet. So, you know, a good time should be had by all.





















Author Bio
Gini Koch lives in Hell’s Orientation Area (aka Phoenix, AZ), works her butt off (sadly, not literally) by day, and writes by night with the rest of the beautiful people. She writes the fast, fresh and funny Alien/Katherine “Kitty” Katt series for DAW Books, the Necropolis Enforcement Files series, and the Martian Alliance Chronicles series for Musa Publishing. As G.J. Koch she writes the Alexander Outland series. She also writes under a variety of other pen names including Anita Ensal, Jemma Chase, A.E. Stanton, and J.C. Koch. She speaks frequently on what it takes to become a successful author and other aspects of writing and the publishing business. She is also the Lead Editor at Raphael’s Village, an online, nonpaying ’zine. Because she wasn’t busy enough, Gini’s added on featured guest columnist, reviewer, and webcaster for Slice of SciFi and It’s Comic Book Day. She can be reached through her website at www.ginikoch.com.






Thursday, May 1, 2014

Giveaway & Review: The Dirty Book Murder by Thomas Shawver








Title: The Dirty Book Murder: A Rare Books Mystery
Author: Thomas Shawver
Genre: Mystery
Series: Antiquarian Book Mystery #1
Publisher: Alibi (Random House)
Number of Pages: 220
Source: TLC Book Tours 
Release Date:  May 13, 2014







In this smart, fast-paced mystery debut, Thomas Shawver introduces a charming, unlikely hero from the rarefied world of antique books. Book merchant Michael Bevan arrives at the Kansas City auction house hoping to uncover some hidden literary gold. 

Though the auction ad had mentioned erotica, Michael is amazed to find lovely Japanese Shunga scrolls and a first edition of a novel by French author Colette with an inscription by Ernest Hemingway. This one item alone could fetch a small fortune in the right market. As Michael and fellow dealer Gareth Hughes are warming up for battle, a stranger comes out of nowhere and outbids them—to the tune of sixty grand. But Gareth is unwilling to leave the auction house empty-handed, so he steals two volumes, including the Colette novel. When Gareth is found dead the next day, Michael quickly becomes the prime suspect: Not only had the pair been tossed out of a bar mid-fistfight the night before, but there is evidence from Michael’s shop at the crime scene.

Now the attorney-turned-bookman must find out who wanted the Colette so badly that they would kill for it—and frame Michael. Desperate to stay out of police custody, Michael follows the murderer’s trail into the wealthiest echelons of the city, where power and influence meet corruption—and mystery and eroticism are perverted by pure evil. Unfortunately for Michael, one dead book dealer is only the opening chapter in a terrifying tale of high culture and lowlifes.


I have to be honest, I have no idea what made me be apart of this blog tour with TLC because mysteries normally aren't a genre I read a lot of, but I was in the mood for something different and I loved the fact that the main character was an owner of a rare book shop.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I started reading this book, and was really afraid this was going to be a d.n.f. because the first 20% of the book was so slow. However, once the murder happens things pick fast and never stop. I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this one.

I think what I liked most was that I was expecting a light, cozy mystery and this wasn't that at all. I learned a lot about Kansas City and bits and pieces about the rare book business, but that the author didn't act like the readers were idiots when describing them like so many mystery books do. (That's the biggest problem I have with cozies-too much attention to little details that I could care less about.)

While this wasn't light and fluffy like I thought it would be, I still really liked it-even when it turned out to be a little dark, and that has to do with the main character.Michael Bevan has a lot of issues to work out and I liked that this was one main character that was far from being perfect.  He's had a hard life-made bad choices and has gotten disbarred from being a lawyer. He's slowly picked his life up again, and enjoys his bookshop.   His relationship with his daughter needs a lot of work, and despite his best efforts, he keeps making things worse instead of better. I loved how his daughter didn't cut him any slack, but I also liked how he kept trying anyway to work on their relationship. There were lots of twists and turns with various characters in the book, that I really didn't see coming.  For a debut book, I thought it was really well done. I enjoyed being wrong, and really should have figured out the mystery sooner then I did. All in all, this was an enjoyable read, and I can't wait to read more books in this series. :)




a Rafflecopter giveaway Tour Stops:


Monday, April 28thSarah Says Read
Tuesday, April 29th5 Minutes for Books
Wednesday, April 30thLuxury Reading
Thursday, May 1stA Buckeye Girl Reads
Monday, May 5thReading Reality
Wednesday, May 7thThe Written World
Friday, May 9thPatricia’s Wisdom
Monday, May 12thNo More Grumpy Bookseller
Wednesday, May 14thFrom the TBR Pile
Thursday, May 15thA Chick Who Reads
Monday, May 19thCrime Book Club
Tuesday, May 20thMan of La Book
Wednesday, May 21stThe Reader’s Hollow
Thursday, May 22ndBooksie’s Blog
Tuesday, May 27thIn Bed with Books
Wednesday, May 28th:  Cici’s Theories
Thursday, May 29th: Bibliotica