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Lots of things happening this week ...
Book Buying Ban Week #3
Finally SUCCESS!! This week Marcia McClure's The Pirate Ruse came out as an ebook and it was one of the books I gave myself permission to read (remember I have the condition that I can buy the book if it's one I'll read STRAIGHT away) Right when I was about to buy it, I remembered that I have a VERY full review schedule and with NaNo happening at the same time, I honestly won't be able to read it until some time in December. So even though it's a book I'd read straight away, did it fit the condition? No and with strength I never knew I had ... I DIDN'T buy it!!! YAY for me LOL
My gosh I am LOVING this challenge. I've written 4 chapters so far totaling just under 22,000 words and still going strong. I have NEVER been this far into anything I've written before and my head is buzzing from the rush it is to create something straight out of my imagination. My characters completely dictate the story now, my only hope is that they take pity on me and head in the direction I show them. I have the next two chapter loosely outlined in my head and so I'll be spending the rest of the weekend writing. I posted last night I'm Still Here... Typing Furiously to explain why I've been a little quiet and some of my insights from this week. Big thanks to those cheering for me and for those that have read what I've written so far and not laughed themselves silly :)
No Rest For The WICCA by Toni LoTempio - Giveaway and interview TBA
The Ghost Hunter by Lori Brighton - Giveaway and interview TBA
The Undying Heart by Zoe Archer
With that out the way, here's my mailbox for the week :)
Awe-Struck Publishing via The Romance Reviews
Lord Of Thieves
She is destined to hang... Accused of murdering her husband, Lady Merrion de Beaufey is fated for the gallows, when the infamous outlaw--Robyn Hode--rescues her from a deadly hail of arrows. Unable to remember the night her husband died, Merrion races to discover the truth before Robyn realizes he's protecting a murderess. But there is something irresistible about the seductive outlaw... Can she trust him with her darkest secret? Only he can save her... Lord Roberte de Montichet has returned to England for one reason--to avenge his father's death, and clear his family name. Disguised as Robyn Hode, he rescues a woman escaping a band of murdering knights, only to discover it is none other than Lady Merrion--the woman who nearly destroyed him years earlier. Roberte yearns to succumb to the passion burning between them, but dare he trust her? Or will she betray him yet again?
Nothing Like Romance
In this romantic comedy, thirty-one year old Kirsty Kennedy works as a psychologist in a small three woman office in Ballard. Her co-worker, Lara Cox, decides it's time for both of them to find a partner with whom to share the Christmas holiday, and ends up dragging Kirsty, kicking and screaming, to a speed dating event in trendy Belltown. Though her attitude was cantankerous, Kirsty manages to meet two men; Jake Benson, the twenty-seven year old, grunge-loving, espresso cart owner, and forty-six year old Microsoft executive, Michael Caffrey. Even though both men are instantly enamored with Kirsty, she's just not convinced she has found Mr. Right. When a soldier, suffering from post traumatic stress syndrome due to the war in Iraq, walks through her office door, even though the idea of dating a client is taboo, Kirsty spends her days and nights fantasizing about the handsome Robbie Mitchell. Juggling two men she doesn't care for, and a fantasy man she cannot have, in between her hectic job and being on her own, Kirsty barely manages to keep sane. The one thing Kristy is sure of is her love-life is 'Nothing Like Romance'.
Wanton. . .Leo Roberts is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined--and completely untamed. . .until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo's mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing..Willing. . .What manner of man he may be, Ella does not know. Yet he fascinates her and she must know more. Capturing Leo's reckless heart is about to free her in ways she never dreamed of. . .and his sensual touch releases the deepest yearnings of her body and soul
Harlequin via NetGalley
My Soul To Steal
YOU WANT MY SOUL AND MY BOYFRIEND?
Trying to work things out with Nash—her maybe boyfriend—is hard enough for Kaylee Cavanaugh. She can’t just pretend nothing happened. But “complicated” doesn’t even begin to describe their relationship when his ex-girlfriend transfers to their school, determined to take Nash back. See, Sabine isn’t just an ordinary girl. She’s a mara, the living personification of a nightmare. She can read people’s fears—and craft them into nightmares while her victims sleep. Feeding from human fear is how she survives. And Sabine isn’t above scaring Kaylee and the entire school to death to get whatever—and whoever—she wants.
I DON’T THINK SO.
The Iron Queen
My name is Meaghan Chase. I thought it was over.That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it. This time, there will be no turning back.
Once Upon A Scandal
London and Venice -- 1829
Lady Victoria Jane Emerson's girlish notions were left behind when she is deserted by her first love, Lord Remington, without a backward glance. Five years later, she is being forced to choose a husband by her father who is dying from an unspeakable disease that has obliterated the last of his mind. Though Victoria must marry out of duty, she has vowed to marry a man who will never break her heart. Jonathan Pierce Thatcher, Viscount Remington, has returned home to London from Venice, free of all his family's debts but is unable to forget the incredible Victoria he was forced to abandon as a means of protecting her from a scandal that had destroyed his life. To his astonishment, Victoria's dying father has chosen Jonathan and two others to vie for Victoria's hand. Before Jonathan can convince Victoria he'd be a worthy husband, he has to convince himself he is no longer the man he left behind in Venice. Victoria finds herself falling for the only man she will ever love...for a second time. But when she unearths the truth about the life Jonathan has been living in Venice, her heart is about to be tested. Again.
Child Of The Northern Spring
The story of a queen who deserves to become a legend - a startlingly original tale of Arthur & Guinevere
Often portrayed as spoiled, in Persia Woolley's hands Guinevere comes alive as a high-spirited, passionate woman. When she is chosen by Arthur to be his wife, Guinevere's independence wars with her family loyalty. As the wedding approaches and hints of rebellion abound, she learns that the old gods are in revolt against the new Christian church, and that scattered kingdoms are stirring from their uneasy peace. This is Arthurian epic at its best, filled with romance, adventure, authentic historical detail, and a landscape alive with the mystery of Britain in the Dark Ages.
Enemies and Playmates
When the abused decide to fight back, the abuser's world might just shatter. Lauren Covington's family maintains a grand facade that belies the life they live behind closed doors. Alex Covington, Lauren's father, keeps a tight rein on his family through dominance, abuse, and obsessive control. Consequently, Lauren doesn't believe she could ever trust a man, much less fall in love with one. When Lauren meets Jesse Ryder, her carefully constructed protective wall shatters. She falls hopelessly and completely in love. It's only fitting that Jesse is a private detective who had once worked for her father, had defied him, and was now the subject of Alex Covington's wrath. Amidst devastating loss, betrayal, and her father's destructive pursuit of Jesse, Lauren finds the trust and love she had always longed for.
Slow Ride: A Rough Riders Story
Keely McKay Donohue is enduring the longest wedding reception of her life: her own. The only saving grace is that Jack Donohue is finally hers. Usually her hunky man gives her everything she wants, so why is her groom denying her the one thing she wants right now? Jack thought his secretive wait-for-the-honeymoon plan was romantic, until he realizes he's only put Keely in a fighting mood. If he wants to get back on his temperamental bride's good side, he'd better find a way to sweep his cowgirl off her boots...fast.
With much hugs and kisses, one of my Twitter buddied and fellow "We Heart Vance Mangum" club members, Asamum sent me her copy to read all the way from England. She took pity on my book buying ban and pining after the book !
Melissa De La Cruz
After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the five remaining gates that guard the earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silver Bloods. Back in New York, Mimi has been elected Regent of a crumbling coven. Struggling with her heartache over the loss of Kingsley and with her overwhelming desire to destroy Jack, she must focus all of her energy on a perilous new threat. Vampires are being abducted and their captors are planning to burn them alive online…for all the world to see. Help arrives in the form of Deming Chen, a Venator from Shanghai, who must untangle the web of deceptions before the killers strike again. As the young vampires struggle for the survival of the coven, they uncover a deadly secret, a truth first discovered by Schuyler’s mother during the Renaissance but kept buried for centuries. And as the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler to a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart