Waiting On Wednesday (Feb-2)

 ”Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

If you have read what books I have In My Mailbox this week, then you will know I have only two of three books in the Donovan Legacy trilogy. Is it any wonder that I am now waiting on book number three?

Charmed by Nora Roberts

Each of these three books focus on one Donovan cousin, all with some magical power. The first deals with the witch, the second with the seer, and the third with the healer. I rather liked the previous two, so I am dying to get my hands on this one as well!

 Previous Waiting:  Jan-3Feb-1

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Teaser Tuesday (Feb-2)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by Should Be Reading. Share the title and author, so others can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!!!

Love Poems and Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? 
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date: 
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimm’d; 
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance or nature’s changing course untrimm’d;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander’st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest: 
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

The Holy Bible by God

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast,
it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking,
it is not easily angered,
it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil
but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts,
always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

 Previous  Teasers: Jan-3Jan-4Jan-5

Love Me Some Books (Feb-2)

This week I am sharing the love, but for books and not boys!

You may have noticed I have added a new tab to my blog called “My Edits“. This is where I shall be posting all the books I have worked on as a content editor, so I can let you know about some great books you may not hear about otherwise!  I will be sure to include the publisher, when it is being released, a brief synopsis, and a link to where you can buy the book.

Right now there are two books for your perusal. One is a wonderful self-published young adult novel, and the other is an action-filled science-fiction novel. Be sure to check that tab once a month as I’m sure I’ll have more for you!

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Books In My Mailbox (Feb-2)


This meme is hosted by The Story Siren.

It is the week of St Valentine’s Day, thus I shall have some romantic reads for you! Whether you have a boyfriend or not, everyone knows that boys in books are better so live vicariously through some of these heroines! This week in my mailbox I have some great reads thanks to my fabulous local library.

A Winter Scandal by Candace Camp
Captivated & Entranced by Nora Roberts

Both books are sure to have a wonderful affaire du coeur with a dash of mystery plus a dollop of hijinx. It seems that Candace Camp’s book is the first in a series, but Nora Roberts’ is part of a trilogy so I’ll have to find the last one yet.

 Previous IMM: Dec-1Dec-2Jan-4

Simple Smile Saturday

In November of last year, you may recall I was taking part in National Novel Writing Month and attempting to write a book. It is a very social event with online chats and in-person writing meet-ups. During one of these I met a girl who just became an intern with a new publishing company, so I decided to look into the pub house to see about possibly getting a job.

By December I was hired as a contracted freelance editor for the ebook publisher called Musa Publishing. Normally each manuscript has a few months in editorial before moving on to the next stage of the process, but I was asked to do a science-fiction novel right away. And now that manuscript has been published.

So here it is: The Radiance by John Robinson hit the (virtual) shelves yesterday. And I for one am not only smiling, but doing a happy dance!

How do you fight your own mind? 

They call it the Radiance. No one knows where it comes from or what causes it -only that human intelligence is expanding at a startling rate.

When Travis Walker is first asked to join the Radiant Project, a task force of scientists and military leaders, he declines. Yet when Travis’s brother, Cale, tells him the woman he always loved is in danger, he has no choice but to face whatever lies ahead.

Estranged brothers must race against time to find the source of the Radiance. Even more, they must find out how to stop it before it falls into the hands of those bent on destruction.

 Previous Smiles: Story SequelsLisa Becker Cardend of internshipThanksgiving/BookGiveaway Eck

Book Review: Seized by the Sheik by Ann Voss Peterson

Synopsis: Sheik Efraim Aziz is in Wyoming for the Coalition of Island Nations summit.  The sheik had always been a bit leery about the possible deal between his country and the States, but he needs to improve his country’s economy. Not only is he facing racism from the locals, but the head of his defense team has been killed during shootout. Efraim and Callie McGuire –a local and assistant to the Secretary of Foreign Affaires– barely escaped and are now trying to figure out who wants them all dead.

Author: Ann Voss Peterson has always wanted to write, but also knew she needed to earn a living and did so with a variety of jobs. Those different careers made for great “research” for her stories and she was published for the first time in 2000.

Note to Reader: This is the second book of a mini series called Cowboys Royale. The first one was rather good, but I read it a couple months ago and thus do not feel able to do a review at this time.

Plot: The book begins with Efraim out in the badlands searching for his missing friend, which is a little weak. Perhaps this is because I have forgotten a fair bit from the first book, but I felt this could have been explained a bit better. After those first few pages, you really get into the story with gunshots, a search for a killer, family problems, and completely forget about the questionable opening scene.

Unfulfilled Promise: The FBI show up to question Effraim about possible terrorist actions, only to realize it is Effraim’s brother is on the watch list for having “angrily acted out” in the past… and then nothing. The Feds didn’t even go after Effraim after Callie pulled some strings to get the sheik out of interrogation.  I do remember from the previous book that some of the law enforcement were corrupt, were these agents also corrupt? Why the brotherly mix up? What was the point of them at all?

Romance: Effraim and Callie’s interest in each other was mentioned having been building over the course of a couple weeks before the book even started, but even so it isn’t until near the end that they admit their love. You watch their budding relationship grow and are rooting for them to get together and overcome the racial differences that their own families feel.

Theme: There is a slight thematic element in regards to race and racism. Effraim and his people dislike Americans in general due to the fear and hatred they are greeted with (not to mention death threats), while Callie’s family dislikes Effraim on principle, particularly the elder brother who did four tours with the military in Afghanistan.  This book shows that racism can go both ways, in a self-perpetuating circle, no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Quote: I understand perfectly what’s going on. My family is causing an international incident. That’s what’s going on.

The Verdict: A likeable mystery/suspense novel. I recommend reading them in order, one after the other though.

 Previous Reviews: Demon Rumm by Sandra Brown, Arm Candy by Jo Leigh, Harvest Moon by Robyn Carr, Ransom for a Prince by Lisa Childs

Waiting on Wednesday (Feb-1)

 “Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

There is a book I am very eagerly anticipating which actually comes out this Friday, February the 10th. I shant tell you why I can hardly wait for this book until Saturday, so be sure to come back then!

What I will tell you is that I have read this novel two or three times, and I enjoyed it more with each reading. So you will definitely want to get your hands on this one!

The Radiance by John Robinson

Be sure to come back to this blog on Saturday to find out more information about this book and where you can get your hands on one, too!

 Previous Waiting:  Dec-4Jan-3