Showing posts from March, 2011

Only Mr. Darcy Will Do by Kara Louise

Title: Only Mr. Darcy Will Do
Author: Kara Louise
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
ISBN: 1402241038(ISBN13: 9781402241031)
paperback, 356 pages

Summary: In this fresh and original retelling of Jane Austen'sPride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet's greatest fear comes to pass-Longbourn is entailed to Mr. Collins. Elizabeth finds work as a governess in London, widening the social divide between her and Mr. Darcy and making it more difficult than ever for them to find their way to each other...

I absolutely adore Jane Austen sequels and variations. When I received this book in the mail I squeeed while jumping up and down. My husband asked me what was the matter and I told him "It's Darcy and Elizabeth".  He just rolled his eyes and said he didn't understand how I could read the same story over and over again. I had to set him straight. This is an entirely different story. Yes, it has Darcy and Elizabeth in it but the journey to happily ever afte…

Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference

Hello everybody, I wanted to let you know that I've signed up for Book Bloggers and Publishers Online Conference. The conference will take place April 13-17, 2011. The best part about this conference is that you don't have to leave town. The cost is $45. If money is an issue they have ways to help you out. Go to to check out all the details about registration.

This is a tentative list of panels:

Legal Issues and Book Blogging - everything a blogger should know about disclosing book sources, the FTC guidelines and the new blog subscription system via Amazon and copyright issues.The Financial Side of Book Blogging - as affiliates, what do we need to claim on our taxes? Does our revenue have to reach a certain level before we're liable? Is monetizing our sites really worth it?Audio Books - How to get them and how to review them.Publisher BlogsWhat Publishers Look For in a Blog - find out what publishers want to see in a review site.Vlogs?!? What ar…

April Giveaways Around the Blogging World

If you have a giveaway going on, why don't you link it up here? I'll help spread the word ! All you have to do fill out Mr.Linky below. Don't forget to put when your giveaway ends. If you have any questions you can email me or @ me on twitter.

Lady of the Veils by M.L. John

Title: Lady of the Veils
Author: M.L. John
Publisher Gypsy Shadow Publishing
Publication Date: December, 2010
ebook, 348 pages

Summary: In a suburban town twenty minutes from the border of Faerie lives a young woman named Karen MacGregor. Though she is the daughter of an exiled Faerie princess, Karen leads an unremarkable life full of homework, punk rock and old science fiction movies. When bloody civil war breaks out in her mother’s homeland her life begins to change rapidly. Her brother is presumed dead after his fighter jet is shot down over the Enchanted Forest, and Faerie’s royal family, including her beloved godfather, has been executed. Accompanied by a Fey Prince with whom she shares a forbidden love and armed with magic she never knew existed, Karen must lead a rebel force against an ancient and powerful enemy.

I first came across this book when @GRgenius on twitter tweeted that she just read an awesome book. I immediately had to know what book she was reading. Thus begin my intere…

Guest Post with Erin Lale

I've just published three volumes of ebooks of my collected works: Polymath: Collected Nonfiction, Renaissance Woman: Collected Art and Poetry, and Universal Genius: Collected Fiction.

Over the last 26 years since my first published work, I've written a very long list of different things, most of which were published in print magazines and newspapers which are now out of print and were never available in electronic form.  Assembling and e-publishing my collected works presented three major challenges. 

The first challenge was what to leave out. I decided not to reprint all of the columns I wrote for the sports page of The Sonoma Index-Tribune, for example, because most of them were only of interest to people in the time period in which they were written.  In the fiction volume and the art and poetry volume, I left out a lot of lesser works, especially poetry written in my youth that some editor had decided to publish but which no longer met my own standards.  I also had to leave…

Sunday Confession March 27, 2011

This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 
This week's question is:
Do you judge a book by it's cover?
As book lovers we all know that what's important is what lies beneath the covers, the storyline. If a storyline is bad it doesn't matter what the cover looks like, it's not going to change the story. Sometime covers can be a bit cheesy but the story line is fantastic. However, has a cover ever influenced you to buy a book or not buy a book? I have to admit that when I'm browsing in a book store and I happen to see a beautiful cover, it's hard not to pick up the book and at least check out the blurb on the back.  I don't believe I've ever purchased a book based on the cover alone but I have to say I think it helps. So what abou…

What's Your Status?

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participated in for the week. If your interested in participating in this meme, check of Zakiya's blog for all the info and the linky to sign up.

What I read last week: Lady of the Veils by ML John Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen Descending by Catherine Chisnall
What I'm Reading Now: Shadow Cay by Leona Bodie Shadow Cat by Reena Jacobs
What I plan to read next: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 

Book Trailer Spotlight (7)

I love book trailers! So I've decided to add a new feature here at To Read or Not To Read where I spotlight book trailers! If there is a book trailer that you think I should know about 
and you would like to see it featured, please feel free to contact me.

This week's book trailer spotlight is Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer by Karen V. Wasylowski. If you've followed my blog for a while you know my love for Austen variations and sequels. I've not read this book yet but it's on my wish list. It looks like a great story.

Title: Darcy and Fitzwilliam: A Tale of a Gentleman and an Officer
Author: Karen Wasylowski
Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
ISBN: 1402245947(ISBN13: 9781402245947)
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Summary: A gentleman cannot survive without his best friend...
Fitzwilliam Darcy and colonel Fitzwilliam couldn't be more different. Darcy is quiet and reser…

A few announcements:

My first announcement is that I bought my domain name! It exciting, at least to me.  My new blog address is
It's a lot shorter that it used to be. If you use the old addy it should direct you to the new one. I hope to work all the kinks out. If something is wonky please let me know.

My second announcement is that I have signed up for the Easter Hoppin Blog Hop April 15-17. This hop is hosted by Daniel of Lush Book Reviews and JoJo of JoJo's Book Corner. The last day to sign up is April 12. Blog hops are a lot of fun so be sure to stop by. (My giveaway will be international.) 

Happy reading!

Predators of Darkness: Aftermath author, Leonard D. Hilley, II Guest Post

I Have Good Muse and Bad Muse
First I want to thank Marcie for the opportunity to guest blog and introduce some insight as to why and how I write. Often, I am asked, “How do you come up with your ideas?” That question is difficult to answer.  The idea for Predators of Darkness: Aftermath came to me with the opening sentence: “Dropping a cat from the top ledge of a ten-story office building was not the best way to remain hidden, but it was necessary.”  This intrigued me enough to write it down.  I didn’t have any plot.  No characters.  Just this sentence. The next two paragraphs came quickly, “Daniel Hutchinson assumed the cat was a shape-shifter—one of a thousand sinister prowlers roaming the streets, awaiting the proper moment to attack from his blindside and take him down. As the cat dropped, its sinews and muscles popped, crackled.  Falling, it shifted from its cat form into a hideous creature.  The cat seemed to welcome its oncoming fate eagerly and without fear.  With forepaws outstre…

It's Okay To Be A Zombie by Nathaniel Lambert, Pictures by Danny Evarts

Title: It's Okay To Be A Zombie
Author: Nathaniel Lambert, Pictures by Danny Evarts
Publisher: Shroud Publishing
Publication Date: May 28, 2010
paperback, 28 pages
ISBN: 978-0-9827275-2-2
available @ Amazon

Sure, zombies are pretty scary. They stink. They want to eat your brains. They're terrible house guests. Who says zombies can't be fun, too? Don't they look kind of silly falling down and bumping into things? Sometimes they can even be cute. So, before you run away screaming for your lives, stop and appreciate the beauty of the undead. And remember, It's Okay to be a Zombie.

When I was first approached about this book, my immediate instinct was to run and hide under my bed.  You see, I'm not a huge fan of zombies. They tend to freak me out and invade my dreams.  In general, as a rule, I stay away from things that have zombies in them. As in most cases there are exceptions to every rule and It's Okay To Be A Zombie is one of them.  I found this book to be…

Winner of Luck Leprechaun Giveaway Hop and The Forest of Adventure

I have two winners to announce, one for the Lucky Leprechaun Giveaway and one for the signed arc of The Forest of Adventure by Katie M. John. Thank you to everyone who entered the giveaways. I will email the winners to give you instructions on how to claim your prize. Please be sure to check your spam.

Misha Fitt -Any book from the book depository up to $15.00

Idris - A signed arc of The Forest of Adventure

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Wither (Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication Date: March 22, 2011
Hardcover, 356 pages
ISBN: 1442409053(ISBN13: 9781442409057)
available @ Amazon | B&N | Book Depository

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out.
When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home.
But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer…

Sunday Confession March 20, 2010

This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learning more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate. 
This week's inspiration comes from my mom. She called me late one afternoon this last week and asked if the UPS man had been by.  I was curious as to her question because well it was an odd question for her to ask. She told me to keep an eye out for him because it was very possible that he might be stopping by. I pressed her for more answers but the only information she would reveal was that it was one of my guilty pleasures.  My mind when into overdrive trying to think what it could possible be. You see I have many guilty pleasures.  It could have been anything from chocolate, coffee and of course the obvious books.  It could have been anything sparkly or shiny. So from the moment she hung up the phone I became a …

Video Trailer Spotlight and What's my status?

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope your week was great. Did you enter the Lucky Leprechaun giveaway hop yet? If not you should! There are tons of blogs with tons of prizes! Also check out my left sidebar for the Indie Authors Relief Fund button. Click on it and you can bid on some great stuff by some great authors. Proceeds go to help Japan.  

This week's book trailer spotlight is from a book that I read this past week that I loved, Wither by Lauren DeStefano. It will be released March 22. So mark your calendars!

Title: Wither(Chemical Garden #1)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing
Publication Date: March 22, 2010
ISBN:1442409053(ISBN13: 9781442409057)

Zakiya from Butterfly Feet Walking on Life has a fantastic meme. In this meme you post your status of the books your reading this week, books you finished this week, books you're going to read next, and books you plan on buying this week. You can also post what reviews and memes you participate…